Once a Trainee has been accepted into the program, their Mentor will make initial contact by email and/or telephone to begin to develop the research project that the Trainee will complete during the summer. It is expected that this project will be somewhat finalized prior to the Trainee arriving at UM for the summer program. The faculty Mentors will meet with each of their trainees every Friday during the summer to assess progress over the last week, to establish research goals for the upcoming week, and to “troubleshoot” any problems that have developed. These progress reports and goals are necessary for the Trainee to present and discuss at the Monday Research Updates. One prerequisite for a faculty Mentor to accept a UM STAR Trainee is that the faculty Mentor agrees to spend the appropriate amount of time necessary to ensure a successful research experience for the UM STAR Trainee.