ERIC Number: ED424550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Aug-17
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Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of a COR Mentoring Program.
To increase the supply of mental health researchers from ethnic minority groups, in 1981 the National Institute of Mental Health initiated the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program which was renamed Career Opportunities in Research (COR). In this paper, the Program Director of the MARC/COR Program at California State University, Long Beach, focuses on the process of operating this program day-to-day, rather than on the program structure. Lessons learned are summarized as follows: (1) Students change their minds a lot or do not know what they want in the first place; (2) Student motivation and morale waxes and wanes; (3) No single model for mentoring exists; (4) The task of matching students with mentors is not easy; (5) Not all mentors are created equal; (6) Program management is a daily task; (7) Getting students into graduate schools is not always easy; (8) Getting out of graduate school may be harder than getting in. Benefits of the program are discussed under "The Big Payoff: What Makes It all Worthwhile." (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention (106th, San Francisco, CA, August 14-18, 1998).