Sample acknowledgement (italic text optional) “XX’s contribution to this research was supported (in part) by NSF award DGE-1632976”
We require every COMBINE fellow to identify an out-of-field mentor by the end of their first year of participation in the program, or earlier if possible. At the start of the program, students are categorized as to which of three disciplines they below: 1) life sciences, 2) physical and mathematical sciences 3) computational science and engineering. The out-of-field mentor should be a faculty member (or equivalent at a partner institution) from outside the fellow’s discipline. For example, a student from the life sciences needs to identify an out-of-field mentor from categories 2 or 3. Ideally, the out-of-field mentor would be a faculty member who is part of the COMBINE program or is interested in joining the COMBINE faculty.
The role of the out-of-field mentor is to consult with the student regarding his or her path through the COMBINE program and offer advice about coursework and research. We encourage students to pursue a research collaboration with their out-of-field mentors where feasible and appropriate. The out-of-field mentor is expected to serve as a member of the student’s thesis committee.
Fellows whose research plan changes during the course of their study can change their out-of-field mentor when appropriate, with approval from the COMBINE Director.