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Mentoring and Training

Basic Responsibilities

The mentor/trainee relationship begins when an experienced and an inexperienced researcher agree to work together. Each brings something to the arrangement and each expects to get something out of the arrangement .

What makes a good mentor?

  • Accessibility—both in time and attitude
  • Patience—allows for mistakes and growth
  • Respectful—treats others with respect and does not abuse authority
  • Ability to teach—can communicate well
  • Confidentiality—will keep professional and personal confidences
  • Integrity—trusted to speak the truth even when it is difficult to hear
  • Encouraging—is able to offer input in a positive way
  • Knowledgeable—has a good grasp on both the science and how to develop a career

What makes a good trainee?

  • Seeks input—is proactive and takes initiative
  • Forward looking—is looking to the future and building toward a career
  • Inquisitive—loves to learn and asks tough questions
  • Respectful—treats mentor and colleagues with respect
  • Attentive to procedures—can be trusted to abide by policies and procedures
  • Confidentiality—can be trusted to protect intellectual properties
  • Grateful—expresses thanks to those who invest in him or her

    Trainees need to know :
    How much time mentor expects them to work on mentors research; criteria to judge performance; how responsibilities are divided or shared, SOPs, authorship.

    Mentors need to know that a trainee will :
    Do assigned work conscientiously, respect the authority of others in the research; follow SOPs, protocols, procedures; live by authorship and ownership agreements .