What makes a good mentor? That is a question we’ve been pondering here in the OITE. We see trainees questioning how to find the perfect research mentor, so we created a “how-to” guide to finding a mentor. Check it out here: https://www.training.nih.gov/mentoring_guidelines
The goal behind the document is to help those of you transitioning in your scientific career to make good decisions when choosing a new boss. Sample questions to ask the PI and the research group are included to help you along the way.
An added bonus: Those of you who will be mentors (either for a summer intern, postbac, or grad student, or as you move into a faculty position) should look at the guidelines to see what’s expected of you as a mentor. How would you craft the three guiding principles for your mentees (focusing on the research program, your personality and mentoring style, and the research environment)?
The NIH also has a few other resources: the Guide on Training and Mentoring, http://sourcebook.od.nih.gov/ethic-conduct/Training-Mentoring-10-08.pdf
And Goals for Enhanced Mentoring in the IRP, http://sourcebook.od.nih.gov/ethic-conduct/Mentoring%20Goals-final.pdf
Now intrepid readers…what do you wish you would have asked when picking a research mentor? Add it to the comments below!