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We encourage all mentors to begin their relationship with a new mentee using a mentor-mentee agreement (MMA) or research compact. These documents support clear communication of expectations by both the mentor and the mentee creating a strong foundation of collaboration. Have an agreement to share? Send to email@example.com
Mentoring Tips and Resources
- 10 Salient Practices of Effective Undergraduate Research Mentors pdf presentation based on the 2015 review paper by Shanahan et al. in Mentoring and Tutoring. For more reading, try the 2020 follow up paper 'Salient practices of award-winning undergraduate research mentors'.
- The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEM (National Academies) A total guide to transform mentoring in higher ed (grad and undergrad)
- Mentoring the Next Generation: Using undergraduate research to broaden engagement and impact in STEM: Pierszalowski, S. & Buser, T. (2021), Mentoring the next generation: Using undergraduate research to broaden engagement and impact in STEM. Center for Advancing Research Impacts in Society: Fellows Series. Requires several hours to complete. Excellent.
- Entering Mentoring Curricula derived from the books Entering Mentoring (Pfund, Branchaw, and Handelsman, 2014) and Entering Research (Branchaw, Butz, & Smith, 2019) and are used/adapted with permission from W.H. Freeman/Macmillan Learning.
- CIMER (Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research, UW Madison) Mentoring Up Curriculum
- Nature's guide for mentors . Nature 447, 791–797 (2007). Remains highly relevant.
- CUR (Council on Undergraduate Research). CUR provides support and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, administrators, and students including publications and outreach activities designed to share successful models and strategies for establishing, nurturing, and institutionalizing undergraduate research programs. CUR Mentoring Resources.
- JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments): JoVE teaches laboratory fundamentals and techniques (e.g., basic mouse care and maintenance, Zebra fish reproduction and development, introduction to working in hoods, ELISA) through simple video demonstrations. Faculty and students have access to JoVE video articles through the WVU library portal (click on eJournals and type in Journal of Visualized Experiments). Videos are available for disciplines such as biology, neuroscience, immunology, medicine, chemistry, engineering, behavior, and environmental.