Scientifically Informed Mentoring

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  • Title: Scientifically Informed Mentoring: An Exploration of Methods to Improve Mentor-Mentee Relationships and Training Approaches
  • Author(s): Anthony Lombardi, Kelsy Newton, Lauren Rosso, Greg Baron, Björn Bergström
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Science in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Science in Society
  • Keywords: Training, Mentors, Science, Practitioners
  • Volume: 8
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2016
  • ISSN: 1836-6236 (Print)
  • ISSN: 1836-6244 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/1836-6236/CGP/v08i02/29-39
  • Citation: Lombardi, Anthony, Kelsy Newton, Lauren Rosso, Greg Baron, and Björn Bergström. 2016. "Scientifically Informed Mentoring: An Exploration of Methods to Improve Mentor-Mentee Relationships and Training Approaches." The International Journal of Science in Society 8 (2): 29-39. doi:10.18848/1836-6236/CGP/v08i02/29-39.
  • Extent: 11 pages

Abstract

Decades of research has revealed a range of benefits available to mentored graduate school students: development of professional skills and identity, procurement of internship and training opportunities, enhanced satisfaction with training, higher salaries, and greater career satisfaction. Further, some researchers have argued that identifying a mentor should be considered a major milestone in one’s early career and is essential for graduate school success. Despite this evidence, an estimated thirty to fifty percent of all graduate students report not being mentored. Few studies identify characteristics that contribute to a mutually beneficial mentor-mentee relationship. In addition, empirical methods used to measure overall level of satisfaction with regards to a mentor-mentee relationship are scant to nonexistent. This article will explore salient characteristics (e.g., personality traits and behavioral patterns) that maximize or minimize the mentor-mentee relationship, as well as methods to assess the working relationship. Interventions to enhance the mentor-mentee relationship will be further explored.