BLaST Mentoring Overview
A mentor is a guide. A friend. A resource who paves the way to success, and derives satisfaction from helping others succeed. Your role as mentor is to inspire, encourage, and support your mentee, and to contribute to their academic, professional and personal development.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What am I expected to do? Mentors are expected to provide their mentee with at least one hour of support and interaction per week. This interaction can take place in a laboratory setting, via email and other web-related tools (for example, instant messaging) as appropriate. Mentors should work with their mentee to determine what kind of support will be most useful—specific feedback related to research, finding jobs, general career advice, information on higher studies, technical information, personal encouragement, and so on.
- How long will the commitment be? We ask our mentors to make commitments of at one year in order to ensure that the mentee is able to fully benefit from the relationship. If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month's notice in order to search for a replacement mentor with similar background.
- Are there any potential risks to me ? No. The relationship should only involve the flow of general information and advice and collaboration. In fact this is a net benefit to you as you are influencing the next generation of science researchers and colleagues!
- Relationship is not going well or I am concerned about mentorship, what to do? We encourage letting the mentee know about the situation and contact the BLaST Admin Immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.
Connect with Our Mentees!
Share your expertise with those willing and eager to learn.
- COMMIT AT LEAST ONE INTERACTION/HOUR OF SUPPORT per week.
- Take responsibility to initiate the relationship.
- Set aside time for the mentoring process and honour all appointments.
- Invite the mentee to meetings or activities, as appropriate. Schedule meetings with planned topics.
- Be flexible on meeting times and places.
- Arrange frequent contacts through telephone, email, fax, face-to-face, etc., as appropriate
- Respond to emails from your mentee within 2 days of receipt.
- Keep information that your mentee has shared with you confidential. If something concerning the mentee needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
- Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange.
- Foster creativity and independence. Help build self-confidence and offer encouragement.
- Provide honest and timely feedback to your mentee.
- Provide opportunities for the mentee to talk about concerns and ask questions.
- Above all, LISTEN, SUPPORT and ENCOURAGE.
- Try to give advice on everything.
- Encourage mentee to be totally dependent upon you.
- Provide your personal history, problems, animosities, successes, failures, etc unless they are constructive contributions.
- Be too busy when the mentee needs your friendship or your support. If you do not have time, give the mentee a heads up, so that they know when they can reach you.