of university officials and the types of work that they perform. When feasible, indicate a willingness to attend meetings or lunch so that you can meet and observe some of these people. Ask to be introduced to people you might not otherwise meet.
Ask your mentor to introduce you to other scientists whose work you would like to know better. Have your mentor set up the interviews or visits for you.
Ask your mentor for advice on obtaining departmental support and resources for specific projects.
Ask your mentor to identify faculty who have excellent reputations in teaching, how to effectively teach particular materials, and how to be assigned to teach courses in your preferred area of interest.