FAQs for Faculty Mentors

The projects on display each year at Ignite demonstrate the ongoing commitment of our faculty to supporting undergraduate research and creativity. Each student greatly benefits from guidance provided by the exceptional faculty at St. Thomas Aquinas College. We strongly encourage faculty to share in this showcase by becoming a faculty mentor, or by inviting their students to attend Ignite each year.


What are the responsibilities of a mentor?

Faculty mentors help guide students in performing research or any form of creative work in an independent study course, a designated research course within their academic discipline, or a capstone course within their field of study. We ask mentors to work with their student(s) to ensure the project, and all items associated (abstract, poster, talk, display) are on par with the level (quality, substance, and independence based) at which research or creative work is expected to be in your field of study.

How do I encourage students to present or attend Ignite?

We encourage all students to be apart of Ignite. To help encourage your students to present or attend, the curators of Ignite would be happy to send you “Join Us at Ignite Next Year” cards to share with your students. If you are trying to encourage your advisees or classes to attend, we can provide you with the aforementioned cards as well as provide advanced copies of the printed program of Ignite.

What are my responsibilities as a mentor on the day of Ignite?

We suggest faculty mentors ensure their students arrive on time, and are ready to present the day of Ignite. We also encourage faculty mentors to invite their classes, and academic advisees to attend.