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Mentoring Resources for Mentors and Mentees

Mentoring Resources for Mentors

 

Workshops & Programs

Mentor Workshops and Seminars
Several UC Davis campus provide workshops designed to enhance the preparedness of UC Davis faculty in areas affecting the mentoring, academic socialization, and overall success of our diverse graduate student population. Faculty and staff may register for additional event notifications by subscribing to the graduate mentoring email list.

Graduate Students of Color Mentoring Program
Organized by the Cross Cultural Center, this 2-quarter long program pairs a faculty mentor with a graduate student.  Through faculty mentorship and other programming, the GSoC Mentoring Program holistically supports its graduate student participants as they navigate the rigors of graduate school. Contact the Cross Cultural Center for more information.

Further Reading

UC Davis Graduate Council Mentoring Guidelines
Graduate Council recognizes that the mentoring of graduate students by faculty is an integral part of the graduate experience for both. The responsibilities of the faculty mentor are broad and diverse. They include, but are not limited to serving as a role model, advising a student as to course work requirements, and providing formal instruction in a given discipline as well as helping students identify and achieve their individual short and long-term educational goals.

Entering Mentoring
This material from the U of WI provides a valuable framework for mentoring relationships, and has many useful exercises. Their 1st edition is available as a free pdf.

Nature's Guide for Mentors
This article outlines qualities of good mentors and tips for creating a successful relationship with your mentee. 

Working with Graduate Student Writers Faculty Guide
Created by Purdue University, this resource guides faculty on how to better support graduate students with their writing.

Moving It Forward: The Power of Mentoring, and How Universities Can Confront Institutional Barriers Facing Junior Researchers of Color
From the William T. Grant's mentoring program, comes this guide on the power of effective mentoring in supporting junior researchers of color. 

Tools

Questionnaire for Aligning Expectations in Research Mentoring Relationships
Managing expectations between mentors and mentees can be challenging and is a common source of conflict in mentoring relationships.  This tool has been designed as a discussion starter for use by research mentors and student mentees. The goal of using this questionnaire is to provide a framework for a fruitful discussion about each person’s expectations, and how to decide on appropriate ongoing actions as the relationship develops.

Mentoring Competency Assessment (MCA)
The MCA is a validated instrument for mentors to assess their own mentoring.  This can help mentors to identify their strengths and weaknesses.  

Mentoring Compacts
Faculty mentors may want to consider developing a mentoring compact, which is similar to a syllabus that lays out the expectations and goals for both the mentor and mentee.

Center for Improvement of Mentored Experience in Research
CIMER offers mentor and mentee training and resources for all career stages of post-secondary researchers.  


Mentoring Resources for Mentees  
 

Workshops 

GradPathways
GradPathways offers many workshops that relate to mentoring relationships, communication, self-assessment, project management, etc.

Further Reading 

Mentee Responsibilities - UC Davis Graduate Council Mentoring Guidelines
Graduate Council recognizes that the mentoring of graduate students by faculty is an integral part of the graduate experience for both. The responsibilities of the faculty mentor are broad and diverse. They include, but are not limited to serving as a role model, advising a student as to course work requirements, and providing formal instruction in a given discipline as well as helping students identify and achieve their individual short and long-term educational goals.

“Mentoring Up: Learning to Manage Your Mentoring Relationships”
Mentoring expert Steve Lee wrote this book chapter with colleagues Rick McGee, Chris Pfund, and Janet Branchaw to equip and encourage mentees to be pro-active in their mentoring relationships. The book chapter is posted online for free at the link above.

Book Chapter: Beyond “Finding Good Mentors” to “Building and Cultivating Your Mentoring Team”
The same set of colleagues (McGee, Lee, Pfund, Branchaw) wrote this book chapter, which touches on mentoring up also, in the book “Advancing Postdoc Women Guidebook” by the National Postdoc Association.

Entering Research by Janet Branchaw
​This is a valuable book for undergrads starting research, but some of the topics may be valuable for grad students. 

Tools

Questionnaire for Aligning Expectations in Research Mentoring Relationships
Managing expectations between mentors and mentees can be challenging and is a common source of conflict in mentoring relationships.  This tool has been designed as a discussion starter for use by research mentors and student mentees. The goal of using this questionnaire is to provide a framework for a fruitful discussion about each person’s expectations, and how to decide on appropriate ongoing actions as the relationship develops.

Individual Development Plan (IDP) 
Creating an Individual Development Plan or IDP allows graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to set professional development and career planning goals and take the steps necessary to complete them. 

Mentoring Network Map
This tool encourages mentees to find multiple mentors based on various areas they may need support.  

The National Research Mentoring Network
This is a part of a major NIH-funded initiative to enhance the diversity of the biosciences.