Professor Mark Langdorf looks for students with integrity and a true commitment to research to mentor. In guiding his students, he particularly appreciates those who enthusiastically take initiative in their projects. Professor Langdorf’s advice to undergraduates who are getting involved in research is to throw themselves wholeheartedly into their work; this way, they can make themselves indispensable to their mentors, while gaining the most from their research experience. UROP is pleased to recognize Professor Langdorf for his dedication to mentoring undergraduate researchers at UCI.

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

I started mentoring undergraduate students through the Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program (EMRAP), now in its 17th year of operation. In addition, I have mentored the former EMRAP students who have come to work for the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, an open-access, international, MEDLINE indexed journal, which I edit. I have included 15 undergraduate UCI students as authors on published papers, and many more on abstracts and posters.

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

Students demonstrate their professionalism and commitment to research in the EMRAP program. Perseverance, attention to detail and integrity are keys to the successful research collaboration.

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

I hope that I let them take the lead in driving their project forward. The best do.

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

They have generally been successful in achieving admission to their desired professional schools.

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

It keeps research engaging and fun to work with a team of collaborators, including the most enthusiastic undergrads.

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

Be a friendly pest. Demonstrate your commitment to the project and to your PI by staying in contact frequently (every two weeks) by email. Offer to take on additional tasks, especially tedious ones like organizing references, doing literature searches, and completing submissions to the journal as best as you can. Make yourself indispensable to the project by organizing these critical tasks.

Research Interests: Trauma, injury, computers, stroke, medical education

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Dec. '17 Hillary L. Berk
Nov. '17 Dongbao Chen
Oct. '17 Cascade Sorte
Sep. '17 An Hong Do
Aug. '17 Todd C. Holmes
Jul. '17 Adam Martiny
Jun. '17 Mark I. Langdorf
May. '17 Anthony J. Durkin
Apr. '17 Thomas Ahlering
Mar. '17 Dara H. Sorkin
Feb. '17 Andrej Lupták
Jan. '17 Michelle A. Fortier