The Advisor/Trainee Relationship

Mentor-trainee relationships begin when an experienced and an inexperienced researcher agree to work together. The experienced researcher has knowledge and skills that the inexperienced researcher needs to learn. Under a productive relationship, the two work together to advance knowledge and put ideas to work.

Additional Resources

Association for Women in Science Mentoring Project and Resources

National Academies Press Integrity in Scientific Research: Creating an Environment that Promotes Responsible Conduct (2002)

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

Council of Graduate Schools On the Right Track: A Manual for Research Mentors (2003)

University of Michigan

University of Toronto Graduate Supervision

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

University of Washington

Michigan State University Conflict Resolution Program

National Academy of Engineering Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Research

Other Publications

Special Issue on Mentoring and the Responsible Conduct of Research, Science and Engineering Ethics, Vol 7, No. 4. July 2001.

Weil, Vivian. 2001. Mentoring: Some Ethical Considerations. Science and Engineering Ethics 7(4):471-482.

Weil, Vivian and Robert Arzbaecher. 1997. Relationships in Laboratories and Research Communities, in Research Ethics, A Reader, Deni Elliott and Judy E. Stern.


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