The supervisor should:
- familiarize themselves with the requirements of the directed studies course
- prepare a paragraph or two describing the project that the student will be working on
- read the student’s written report prior to submission to ensure understanding of how to properly prepare the written report
- be prepared to evaluate the student based on the following guidelines:
Work and Effort
• Was the student well motivated?
• Did s/he get an early start on the project?
• Did the student need encouragement to start, or did s/he begin on their own initiative?
• Did s/he do assigned reading?
• Did the student keep up with the current literature in the field?
• Did the student carefully carry out experimental work? Or was the student careless at times?
• Was a laboratory notebook kept?
• Did the student spend a reasonable amount of time on the project (approximately one day each week)?
Initiative, Problem Solving, Understanding
• Was the student able to work with some independence? Or did the student constantly ask questions of others when they should have been able to solve the problem themselves?
• Was the student able to make suggestions or modifications to the experimental approach when necessary? Where they able to detect and solve some problems on their own?
• Does the student have a clear understanding of the topic of research?
• Did the student, on their own, understand the significance of the experimental results?
• Did the student participate in lab meetings or discussions?