According to the National Academy of Sciences, "a mentor is someone who takes a special interest in helping another person develop into a successful professional." Good mentoring includes: understanding mutual responsibilities; maintaining a productive and supportive research environment; providing proper supervision and review; and recognizing that the goal of the mentor-trainee relationship is to prepare trainees for the transition to independent researchers. (Office of Research Integrity)

Resources in this section will address:

  • What is mentoring?
  • What are the qualities of a good mentor?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of a mentor?
  • What are the expectations of a research trainee?
  • What are the characteristics of an effective mentor-trainee relationship?
  • How can mentors and trainees create and foster a collegial research environment?
  • As a trainee, how can you get the mentoring you need?