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Mentor/Mentee Relationship

Mentoring Agreement

How to Communicate with your mentor

Student's Expectations of Mentors

  • Meet with me at least every few weeks
  • Be open to my questions and to take time to think about them carefully.
  • Be patient with me because I am new to research
  • Initially be directed, but eventually let me design and do experiments on my own
  • Challenge and encourage me
  • Teach me basic research techniques/procedures and safety protocols.
  • Help me define a project that is doable, yet relevant, and that keeps me busy.
  • Help me understand the basic scientific concepts and study design underlying my project.
  • Understand when I need to take time away from research to focus on my course work, and allow me to take it.
  • Listen to and consider my ideas seriously.

Mentor's Expectations of Students

  • Be present and punctual when we have scheduled meeting times.
  • Work hard and give their best effort
  • Manage time efficiently and effectively when doing research.
  • Keep up with course work, also to let them know if there needs to be a break from research to focus on courses.
  • Make every effort on their own to understand the research our group does, but to ask questions when they do not understand. 
  • Listen carefully, take notes, and follow instructions when being taught new techniques.
  • Follow all safety procedures.
  • Gradually gain independence, but to regularly communicate with me about what they are doing.
  • Be able to analyze her experimental data, generate logical conclusions based on that analysis, and propose future experiments, with assistance.
  • Work cooperatively, collaboratively, and respectfully with the other members of the research team.
  • Be attentive, creative, and contribute at research group meetings.
  • Remind students about completing skill-building workshops necessary for the students success with the project.