Faculty panel offers mentoring tips

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Posted May 1, 2022 by Heidi Uhing

At an April 12 faculty connector during Student Research Days, a faculty panel shared advice for their colleagues about how best to mentor students. Presenters were: Kristi Montooth, Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of biological sciences; Angie Pannier, professor of biomedical engineering; and Hans Sturm, professor in the Glenn Korff School of Music. The following is a summary of the advice they provided.

Mentoring is a shared relationship that faculty benefit from as much as students. A good mentor/mentee relationship should feel empowering, encouraging and receptive, with a deep sense of shared responsibility in working toward a goal. This relationship requires trust, time and listening. Treat it as a collaboration. It’s not about one person’s expertise being put on someone else, but instead about asking: What do we need to be successful?

Many international graduate students haven’t been home for a long time due to the pandemic, and there’s a lot that mentors can do to provide a sense of family. Learn about and embrace students’ cultures and consider how you could include or join them in holiday celebrations. Make time for your research team members to learn from each other about where they come from.

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