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Mentoring Students and Postdocs

Mentoring Postdoctoral Scholars is an annual workshop that covers elements of University policy that are intertwined with the mentoring of postdocs and managing their performance. The workshop also discusses case studies, and is a forum for assistant and associate professors to share common experiences and concerns. The workshop includes an informal discussion with an invited guest, a senior faculty member, who shares their approach to mentoring graduate students and postdocs, and how they managed a variety of challenging situations. 

The following is a list of additional resources from Stanford University offices and affiliates, many of which are shared with students and are provided to you for your information.

Resources Outside of Stanford University - On Mentoring Students and Postdocs

Entering Mentoring was developed by the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching, supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors Program to train a new generation of scientists.  This 152-page online book for new mentors in lab settings is one of the most comprehensive and essential readings for new faculty. 

Research Mentor Training is an online case-based resource housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The site may be used to explore issues that affect the research mentoring relationship and become a more reflective mentor of students and postdocs.

The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) provides an online Mentoring Manual for Faculty. The manual is largely contextualized in STEM fields.  It provides an overview of the mentor's responsibilities and further guidance on a variety of topics that come into play in the faculty-student relationship, such as how faculty may provide advice or counsel on personal issues, prepare for unexpected situations, talk about gender or race with their mentees, calibrate to meet mentee needs and balance challenge with support, and maintaining a long-term relationship with the mentee. IBP's Pathways to Science program is funded with support from NSF and NASA.