The power of mentors is in their capacity to awaken a truth within us, a truth we can reclaim years later by recalling their impact on our lives. - Parker Palmer
Chapter 1: Mentors and Tormentors

     Trying to determine her worse lab experience was more than Ramona had the time or energy to consider. Her workload had increased this past year. Nickís outside work beyond his research and teaching at the university had become quite successful. He was much in demand as a safety consultant in the chemical and nuclear industry. He had become so busy that when Ramona asked Nick to discuss some methodological problems and again when she asked him for a letter of support for this new grant proposal, Nick said he didnít have time to help her.

     Too much pressure for tonight, she decided, so she refocused on the writing at hand. Indeed, it had been a very stressful month. Fortunately, Ramona had found it easy to write the proposalís literature review. When she discovered the proposal she had written three years ago for the Department of Defenseís U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command Program, she realized she had her lit review almost complete. The day she first considered using this lit review almost intact in the new grant proposal, her mentor had not wanted to entertain her question of whether it would be inappropriate to do so. Indeed, it was 5:00 p.m., and Nick walked out the door.

Research Ethics
Chapter 1: Mentors and Tormentors
Discussion and Reflection Questions
Integration Questions
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This chapter addresses mentoring and supervisory relationships. Upon your completion of this chapter, we hope that you can identify appropriate expectations and roles in mentoring for responsible conduct of research. We also hope you learn about the mandate that mentors and institutions have for the ethical training of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

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