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Table 5 Lessons learned from the vSREC program

From: Building a virtual summer research experience in cancer for high school and early undergraduate students: lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

Mentors and Interns Program Implementation
Mentors provide a link to research projects and model scientific career paths Integrating high school teachers strengthens the program by providing curriculum and personal interactions with trainees
Mentors provide lectures for disciplinary relevance The undergraduate “Summer Team” facilitators provide near-peer mentoring and technology support
Generation of rewarding virtual research projects is an ongoing challenge Good internet connectivity is a requirement for successful participation
Interns value the professional development training but could benefit from professional communication/scheduling content Clear training on integrating multiple technology platforms is necessary to avoid confusion
Clear expectations for mentor-trainee interactions are needed Frequent check-ins minimize trainee disengagement