Below you'll find information related to the mentor/mentee relationships.
A Dynamic List of Resources for the Mentor and Mentee
Successful Characteristics of a Mentor
- Encourage and demonstrate confidence in your mentee
- Recognize your mentee as an individual with a private life and value him/ her has a person
- Ensure a positive and supportive professional environment for your mentee
- Don’t deny your own ignorance
- Be liberal with feedback
- Encourage independent behavior, but be willing to invest ample time in your mentee
- Provide accessibility and exposure for your mentee within your own professional circle both within and outside of the immediate university circle
- Illustrate the methodology and importance of ‘networking’ in basic science
- Allow your mentee to assist you with projects, papers and research whenever possible and be generous with credit
Questions for the Mentor: Establishing & Clarifying Goals
- What do you want the mentee to be able to do or know?
- What are your (perceived and actual) responsibilities to your mentee?
- What is your own work style like? What is your mentee’s preferred work style?
- What kinds of decisions do you expect your mentee to make on his or her own? What kinds of decisions do you expect to be involved in?
- What kinds of opportunities can you provide your mentee that will help him or her acquire important skills / knowledge? Who else do you know who may be a good resource?
- How do you want your mentee to communicate with you? When is email appropriate? When is it necessary / important to meet face to face? Where is the best place for you to meet your mentor?
- What kind of feedback should your mentee expect from you? How often will you provide feedback? What is your turnaround time for providing feedback?
- How will you know if the relationship is working / productive? How will the two of you gauge satisfaction and productivity?
- How do you anticipate your relationship changing over time?
A Mentor Checklist is provided for your reference.
Successful Characteristics of a Mentee
- Eagerness to learn and a respect and desire to learn from the person selected as the mentor
- Seriousness in the relationship
- Take the initiative in the relationship, especially in the beginning – be politely insistent about your desire for an active mentor
- Flexibility and an understanding of this senior professional’s demanding schedule
- Promptness for all appointments
- Feedback, even if nothing is requested
- Interest in your mentor’s professional journey. Also, acknowledge he or she has a life outside of the professional setting and knowing something about that can help you communicate better
- Never forget the time and effort this person is taking to offer you a smoother path on the way to success
NUCATS Mentoring Resources
Learn about NUCATS' Center for Education and Career Development, a program to address the critical shortage of qualified clinical and translational investigators, research mentors and professional clinical research staff in the Northwestern University community and beyond.