Frequently Asked Questions for SIP Mentors
For each project, the SIP intern(s) and their mentors typically tailor the exact duration and pace of the project according to their mutual convenience to work around their summer travel schedules. Interns are usually available from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Fridays. Some students live on campus during the summer for up to eight weeks, while others opt to commute daily. The housing and transportation logistics are handled by the SIP program administrators. One thing to consider is whether the work on the research project requires the SIP intern to be on campus the majority of the time (this may be the case for laboratory-based projects) or if some portion of the work can be conducted remotely (this may be the case for data analysis projects).
It is also important for mentors to follow the Rule of 3: make sure you have either 2 adults and 1 intern or 1 adult and 2 interns to avoid isolating situations. This applies to all situations including but not limited to: supervising interns, driving, field trips, lab work, social situations, etc.
For more information on the high schools represented in SIP, please see the Diversity Efforts page.
If a mentor doesn't have a lot of experience working with high-school students, what are some of the things she/he should keep in mind?
In addition, we have requested further reassurance for mentors regarding intellectual property and have received this response from Regeneron/Intel STS.
If you have additional concerns about your interns submitting papers to the Siemens Competition and/or Regeneron/Intel STS, please contact the SIP staff.