Should I find a Mentor?

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Should I find a Mentor?

Postby maybelle » Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:01 pm

Hello, I am a sophomore in high school and I have just started taking an introductory research class this year. However, some of my friends have taken research classes for 2-3 years and have already started to interview for mentors. I really want to compete in the Intel competition and have a general idea of what my project is going to be, but do you think it is too early to look for a mentor after only one year of introductory research? And also, how would I find a mentor?

Another question: do you think it is possible for me to study neuroscience, or is that topic too advanced?
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Re: Should I find a Mentor?

Postby barretttomlinson » Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:04 am

Hi,

If you are interested in having a mentor, by all means try to find one. I would not let a lack of prior science fair experience stop you. Lack of prior experience could make a mentor’s help all the more valuable. Here is some Science Buddies aevice on the subject:

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... tors.shtml

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... dmap.shtml

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... pete.shtml

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... pers.shtml

If you are interested in neuroscience then that is the area to look for a project. You might start with the Science Buddies Project Idea Guide as a place to start:

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... l?From=Tab

Here are some sample project ideas:

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... p029.shtml

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... p024.shtml

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... p021.shtml

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... p014.shtml

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... p007.shtml

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... p011.shtml

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... p021.shtml

I hope this info helps. Have fun with the project!!!

Best regards,

Barrett L. Tomlinson
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