Mentoring Resources

These resources may be useful in choosing and working with mentors. In addition to your PI, we encourage you to seek out additional mentors from the univerity and beyond who can help you prepare for your career. A mentoring relationship is a collaboration between both the mentor and mentee; be sure to review the AAMC Compact that applies to you.

How to Choose a Good Mentor

A blog post on how to choose a mentor by Arunika Das, Ph.D., a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania; published by The American Society for Cell Biology.

Getting the Most Out of Your Student-Adviser Relationship
Rules of thumb for getting the most out of your relationship with your adviser, by Jenna Hendershot, Ph.D., published by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

National Research Mentoring Network

The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) is a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide all trainees across the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming.

APA's Mentor/Mentee Checklist
Important questions to consider before selecting a mentor or becoming one, published by the American Psychological Association.

AAMC Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and Their Mentors
The Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and Their Mentors is intended to initiate discussions at the local and national levels about the postdoctoral appointee-mentor relationship and the commitments necessary for a high quality postdoctoral training experience.

AAMC Compact Between Graduate Students and Their Research Advisors
The Compact Between Graduate Students and Their Research Advisors is intended to support the development of a positive mentoring relationship between the pre-doctoral student and their research advisor.

HHMI Making the Right Moves
Chapter 5 addresses mentoring and being mentored.

SPINES: A Model for Scientific Excellence, Mentoring, & Professional Development
The Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics and Survival (SPINES) is an intensive one-month experience, in which students are exposed to neuroscience laboratory techniques, contemporary neuroscience research, ethics and survival skills (including grant writing, teaching, public speaking, and others). For over 25 years, (SPINES) has supported the success of more than 300 minorities in neuroscience, making this program a model for the positive impact that mentoring and professional development opportunities can have in the success of scientists from underrepresented backgrounds. 

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