The Jackson team endeavors to provide structure and focus to undergraduate researchers in the laboratory. Talented undergraduates are bubbling over with exciting research ideas, and while many of these ideas need refinement, it is important not to stifle creativity, but rather to let the individual student determine the value of his/her ideas on the basis of growing knowledge of the discipline. In that regard, our strategy for mentorship of a Beckman Scholar will be to provide problems to solve rather than tasks to complete. In the early stages of a short-term research problem related to the use of manganese complexes as environmentally beneficial oxidation catalysts, the Scholar will work closely with my graduate students and I to learn the key methods of our field and outline well-defined steps to complete the initial research goal. The Scholar will then develop a research proposal based on his/her initial work. This proposal will be refined, and our student will be encouraged to utilize it as a framework for an undergraduate thesis. The Scholar will also have numerous opportunities to refine written and oral communication skills, and s/he will present at group meetings and write end-of-semester reports that contribute to manuscripts. Scholars will be encouraged to present their research at suitable venues such as the KU Undergraduate Research Symposium, as well as Regional and National Meetings of the American Chemical Society.