There needs to be someone in the lab who can train and assist research students. In many cases, my graduate students, postdocs, or technician have helped mentor students in the lab day to day. But I often like to check in with the lab and get updates on the student projects. More recently, I have been mentoring students more directly through weekly meetings. The level of engagement increases significantly when students are motivated to apply for UROP funds or do Excellence in Research. I invest a lot of effort in helping these students develop their independent projects, refine their writing, and formulate presentations.