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Resources for Graduate Student Mentees and Their Faculty Mentors
For Graduate Student Mentees
Graduate Students, Professional Students, and Postdoctoral Scholars all benefit from effective mentoring relationships. Mentors help trainees develop the academic, professional, and interpersonal skills they will need for successful careers, whether within academia or in other professional settings. The following resources provide guidelines for finding and working with mentors, understanding mentoring relationships, and more.
Even the most excellent faculty mentor will not be able to meet all of your academic and professional needs. Identifying a developmental network of individuals to support your professional and personal growth during your graduate school training and beyond will set you up for a successful and fulfilling career. As you complete the University of Michigan’s Graduate Student Mentoring Map exercise, think broadly and inclusively about all of the people who can support your academic, professional, and personal goals. Some of these individuals may be mentors, while others may be role models, advisors, peer colleagues, or family and friends. Reflect on what kind of training and skills you need and assess whether you have all of the people you need in your network. Revisit the map on a periodic basis, update it as your network grows, and identify gaps that you may need to fill.
The objective of the UNC Peer Support Coreis to facilitate the development of mutual support groups and activities and individual peer support in units (departments, centers, offices, etc.) across UNC-Chapel Hill so that no individual is without someone to turn in coping with the challenges confronting us. The Peer Support Core does this by providing consultation and education on peer support principles and evidence, providing training and implementation assistance, and facilitating the Carolina Peer Support Collaborative.
Faculty mentors may encounter unique challenges in their mentoring relationships with graduate students. Yet both faculty mentors and their graduate student mentees can benefit from the mentoring process. The following resources can help mentors nurture strong, effective, and inclusive mentoring relationships.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, TEAM ADVANCE (Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring) “strives to build a culture of effective, equitable mentoring across the University.” Managed out of the Center for Faculty Excellence in partnership with the Carolina Women’s Center, TEAM ADVANCE’s diverse, experienced project teamleverages the expertise of the University’s faculty and staff to develop and implement effective and impactful mentoring. TEAM ADVANCE conducts research on the effectiveness of mentoring programs, with an emphasis on systemic change for women of color and white women in STEM and related disciplines. While the grant focuses on STEM units, they welcome non-STEM faculty and departments to participate in their programming. Their strategic campus partnerships ensure that TEAM ADVANCE programs and resources are accessible to departments and units across campus and will serve the University beyond the life of the grant.
The NIH Guide to Culturally Aware Mentoring is a pre-recorded webinar and other mentoring resources related to the medical sciences. Although developed by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, a STEM organization, these resources transcend disciplines.