Professor Wayne Sandholtz enjoys working with undergraduate researchers, seeing their ideas, and helping them through the process toward meaningful conclusions. He appreciates the talent and abilities that so many students at UCI have, and considers helping them develop their research skills to be a critical part of his job. After years of mentoring undergraduates, his recommendation is to be prepared to put in a lot of time and effort; itís a long process and there are no shortcuts. Professor Sandholtz was recognized for his enthusiastic support for undergraduate research with the 1997 Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research for the School of Social Sciences.

1. How did you develop an interest in mentoring undergraduate research or creative projects, and what type of projects have you directed?

I wanted to be involved in undergraduate research because we have so many highly capable students and I wanted to encourage them to develop these important skills.

2. What do you look for and what are your expectations of undergraduates you select to conduct research under your guidance?

I look for students who are highly motivated and are ready to work.

3. Describe your level of engagement and style in mentoring undergraduates.

I meet regularly with my students and give them feedback on their drafts.

4. In your experience, how have your students improved or benefited as a result of their undergraduate research experience?

Research experience has been invaluable for my students. One student told me that in his job, he was using exactly the skills he had developed in writing an honors thesis.

5. What have you learned or benefited from guiding undergraduate research or creative projects?

I just enjoy working with smart students who have good ideas.

6. What recommendations and advice would you give students embarking on undergraduate research or creative projects?

Start early and put in the time. There are no shortcuts.

Research Interests: International norms and institutions, Political corruption, International courts and tribunals

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Past Faculty Mentors of the Month

Dec. '12 James C. Earthman
Nov. '12 Kenneth J. Shea
Oct. '12 Jeanett Castellanos
Sep. '12 Barry Siegel
Aug. '12 Martha L. Mecartney
Jul. '12 Brandon Brown
Jun. '12 Wayne Sandholtz
May. '12 Farghalli A. Mohamed
Apr. '12 Susan T. Charles
Mar. '12 Katherine Faust
Feb. '12 Donald R. Blake
Jan. '12 Elizabeth Cauffman