Having a good mentor early in a career can mean the difference between success and failure in any field

Welcome to Guidelines on Research Mentoring

This website is a "Work in progress"

In 2005, Nature, the international weekly journal of science, created the Nature awards for mentoring in science. The awards came out of the realisation of the Editor in Chief, Phil Campbell that one of the least rewarded aspects of science was the mentorship of young researchers. These awards for outstanding mentorship are now awarded annually in a specific country or countries each year. link In 2oo6, one of us (AL) had the honour of being on the judging panel for the Australasian awards. It was a daunting task with a superb group of mentors being strongly supported by large numbers of their mentees. Following discussions about what are the attributes of a good mentor, we realised that there in the massive supporting documentation written by the mentees and by the mentors themselves, reflecting on their practices, was the answer. Thus more than 200 informative quotes were distilled, synthesized and finally written as a publication  "Nature's guide for mentors" which looked at what made a good mentor. link 

With the permission of the other authors, we have based this website on the Nature's guide but extended it by linking to other resources that will hopefully be useful to commencing, future and established mentors in helping them reflect on their current practices and give them some ideas. Our sole goal is to help mentors create an improved research experience for young researchers and in so doing improve the research career prospects of their mentees and the quality of their research achievements. Our background as mentors is in the sciences. However, we hope that many of the Guidelines drafted here will be equally applicable to research in all areas. By "young" researchers, we do not only mean postgraduate students, the mentoring role includes post-docs and research assistants within your research team. To continually improve this site we need your input: ideas, "tips and traps' and useful links that you have found. Please forward any material you believe would be useful to adrianlee2@mac.com

Adrian Lee and Larry Hulbert

Reference:Adrian Lee, Carina Denis and Philip Campbell Nature's guide for mentors Nature 447, 791-797 (14th June 2007)