With the start of a new year and with final exams out of the way, it would be ideal to find some time after the holidays to check in with your student staff and do a mid-term performance evaluation. Have a conversation about the work that’s been accomplished to date and together set goals for the remainder of the term.
Have your student take a moment to reflect on the progress they’ve made in achieving their job objectives over the last few months, and to revisit their own personal learning goals. Here are some suggested questions to encourage your student to think about the skills they’ve developed and consider the broader implications of those skills beyond their role and in the contexts of their professional workplace and future career.
Use or adapt the Mid-Point Performance Evaluation tool (non-lab position / lab position) as you see fit for your student worker and your personal management style to guide your conversation.
Read UBC HR’s website for tips on providing feedback and conducting successful performance reviews.
Faculty members may be eligible to apply for the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) program. You can receive a wage reimbursement of $4,500 to hire an eligible student to work on research and development in your lab. Read what students had to say about their summer 2014 USRA experience.
The Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Award program creates opportunities for undergraduate international students to explore the workplace through research-based placements. The value of the award is $4,500 and students hold the award during the summer term. Read what students had to say about their summer 2014 research placements.
Students can create their own opportunity by contacting eligible professors they would like to work with. If you know of a student who would be a great fit, have them contact your Faculty USRA Coordinator for application submission guidelines and deadline dates.
Canada Summer Jobs
Interested in hiring a student next summer? The Canada Summer Jobs 2015 Program provides young people aged 15 to 30 years the opportunity to gain meaningful work and life experience while supporting community-based initiatives. Most UBC faculties and departments are eligible to receive a wage subsidy.
Work Learn program staff will be conducting site visits in February and is a chance for us to meet with you and your student(s) to hear about your experiences and review how learning outcomes are achieved in your students’ roles. We will contact you directly in the New Year to schedule a visit.