We’ve included a list of mentoring resources below. This list is not exhaustive, but it is a good place to start your mentoring journey.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
The National Academies has a section on its website dedicated to The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM, including recently published podcasts on mentoring.
“Effective mentors are critical in the development of undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM)—especially for many members of underrepresented and marginalized populations. The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM committee systematically compiled and analyzed current research on the characteristics, competencies, and behaviors of effective mentors and mentees in STEMM and developed a practical resource guide for mentoring practitioners to create and support viable, sustainable mentoring support systems.”
Council on Undergraduate Research
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students. CUR believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research.
National Conferences on Undergraduate Research
The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum.
Advice for New Mentors (adapted from Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend, National Academy Press, 1997). You, as a mentor, are someone who:
- Helps another develop into a successful professional.
- Listens patiently to mentees, and gives them an opportunity to speak.
- Builds a professional and personal relationship.
- Nurtures self-sufficiency by encouraging confidence and critical, independent thinking.
- Establishes and maintains “protected time” with mentee.
- Provides introductions to those in the lab, field, discipline, and profession.
- Shares pertinent professional and personal experiences.
The Mentoring Academy is a series of workshops offered through a partnership between the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Graduate School.
Mentoring Resources for Faculty and Graduate Students
Other mentoring resources, including mentor-mentee compact templates, can be found on the UGA Graduate School website.
UGA Mentor Program
The UGA Mentor Program, while not specifically designed to advise the faculty-student mentor-mentee relationship in undergraduate research, does have many helpful resources for both mentors and mentees, including articles, worksheets, and activities.