No one told you how to be a mentor? Use these resources for everything from mentoring pacts to creating welcoming environments, general tips to writing letters of recommendation.
Resources on Campus
Research Mentor Training
Run through the Iowa Science Alliance. Geared toward sciences, but useful to mentors in all disciplines!
ICRU's Mentor/Mentee Agreement Form
Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research
Mentor Training and other resources. Specifically recommended pages:
- Things to Consider as an Undergraduate Mentor - CIMER's guide to outlining your expectations of researchers-in-training.
- CIMER's Mentor-Mentee Expectations Agreement (for Undergraduates)
National Mentoring Resources Network
Specific to biomedical sciences, but concepts applicable across fields.
UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Mentorship Resources. Specifically recommended pages:
- Resources for Each Phase of the Mentoring Relationship - Guidance, from goal selection to and alignment to cultivating potential.
How to Mentor Graduate Students: A Guide for Faculty
University of Michigan guide. Written about grad students, but useful for senior undergrads with tips applicable to younger undergrads, as well.
Nature's Guide for Mentors
2007 article citing practices seen in "The Nature Awards for Creative Mentoring in Science"
Perspectives on Undergradaute Research and Mentoring
Multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, online journal, focused scholarship about undergraduate research and mentoring. of such research.
Interactive Tutiorial - The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct
Tutorial for anyone; helps familiarize responsible research practice and ethics.
Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering
Chapter 3 from - Handlesman, Jo et al. (2005) Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists. The Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching.
Steps to a Successful Research Partnership
A short, bulleted list of ideas.
Writing Recommendation Letters
ICRU's Guide to Letters of Recommendation
Writing Strong Letters of Recommendation
Overview of the important pieces of a strong letter of recommendation.
Sample formatting for Letters of Recommendation
This sample is for National Scholarships and Fellowships, but serves to be a good guide for letters of recommendation in general.