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Mentoring Resources

Water INTERface lab work with humidifiers, Interdisciplinary Studies. Research. Students, professor Andrea Dietrich.

Professor and student working in the Water INTERface lab on humidifiers

There is a wide range of excellent resources that provide recommendations, tips, and advice about choosing or being a good mentor, and how students can get the most out of their relationship with mentors. 

From Dean Karen DePauw

Dean DePauw addresses mentoring in several insightful blog posts and includes links to additional resources in them. Here are some key posts by the Dean:

Expectations for Graduate Education by Dean Karen DePauw

Academic Bullying by Dean Karen DePauw

This VT Ethics Commons blog post on Mentoring includes links to a number of articles and resources, including a list of sites for faculty members wishing to improve their mentoring skills.

Resources beyond Virginia Tech

Our peer institutions, graduate education-focused organizations, and academic journals offer some fine resources Virginia Tech graduate students can use. 

The University of Washington website has a page of links to mentoring guides for students.

UW also has a mentoring guide aimed at faculty members. 

The Council of Graduate Schools has produced a guide for students that you can download via this link: Great Mentoring in Graduate School: A Quick Start Guide for Proteges.

A team of seasoned faculty mentors put together a guide for mentees. You can find it in pdf format here, via the University of California, Los Angeles's medical school's resources.

The University of Michigan's publication, "How to Get the Mentoring You Want: A Guide for Graduate Students," can be found via this link.

Clear expectations for the student-advisor relationship can help minimize problems down the road.  This worksheet can help start a conversation about expectations.

Our own outstanding faculty mentors

The Graduate School recognizes excellent faculty mentors from each college annually. The award winners are nominated by graduate students. You can read more about the award, and about the award winners, via this link.

For Faculty

Here are some useful links for faculty members who mentor graduate students. These are from the VT Ethics Commons post mentioned above:

Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering

Nature’s Guide for Mentors

How to Mentor Graduate Students: A Guide for Faculty (from University of Michigan)

Self-Assessment: How Good a Mentor are You? (from Nature)