A profile shot of David Efrid, for the mentor Q&A

Interview with a Research Mentor

The Laidlaw Scholarship is valuable to students as a way to develop their academic and personal skills, and it helps foster a community of research in the undergraduate programme, along with a sense of entrepreneurship and intentionality about their career plans after university.

We chat to 2017 Research Mentor Rev’d Dr David Efrid to get his thoughts on the Laidlaw Scholarship.

Q: Why were you interested in becoming an Academic Mentor for a Laidlaw Scholar?

I thought that this was an excellent opportunity for personal and academic development for an undergraduate, and I wanted to be a part of it.

Q: Describe your relationship with the student you are mentoring.

The student submitted written work to me on a weekly basis, and I met with him to give him feedback on this work and advise him on the future direction of his research. At the conclusion of his research, he presented his paper to my research group, where we advised him on how to revise it for publication.

Q: What have been the main benefits of participating in this programme?

I have learned a great deal about the topic the student researched, and it has influenced my own work.

Q: Why do you think the Laidlaw Scholarship is valuable to students and staff at the University?

The Laidlaw Scholarship is valuable to students as a way to develop their academic and personal skills, and it helps foster a community of research in the undergraduate programme, along with a sense of entrepreneurship and intentionality about their career plans after university.

Q: What advice would you give to someone considering being an Academic Mentor?

Develop a clear plan for the research objectives with milestones and regular checks on progress, but, in the end, let the student find their own direction.