Successful, experienced, established, and/or senior researchers often assume the added role of mentor while conducting investigations.
- Training the next generation of researchers is the responsibility of today's successful researchers
- There are rewards for the mentor.
- Extrinsic: The trainee will often contribute time toward your research.
- Intrinsic: The satisfaction of seeing someone develop into an excellent scientist—priceless.
The mentor/trainee relationship is complex and may harbor potential conflicts.
- Who gets credit?
- Who owns the results?
- When does the trainee become independent?