Advising and Mentoring of Students

Advising and Mentoring of Students

Version 1, January 28, 2021



    Two National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine consensus study reports include summaries of the benefits of mentoring:

    1. National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, “The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM,” The National Academies Press (2019). See Chapter 6, in the section on “Mentorship Outcomes.”
    2. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, ”Undergraduate Research Experiences for STEM Students: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities,” The National Academies Press (2017). See Chapter 5: “The Role of Mentoring.”


    General resources on advising:

    General resources on mentoring:

    • Reference 1 in Evidence above provides guidelines for effective mentoring in an online format and a pdf report.
    • APS National Mentoring Community Resource Library: a part of the APS National Mentoring Community providing references to a variety of mentoring practices and links to other organizations that support improved mentoring
    • B. W-.L. Packard, Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented Students: A Research-Based Guide for Faculty and Administrators, Stylus (2015): a book that provides practical research-based advice for faculty members and individuals building mentoring programs, with an emphasis on practices that can recruit and retain underrepresented students.

    Mentoring training and education programs:

    • See the Undergraduate Research section Resources for a list of training programs for research mentoring, which all contain content that is also applicable to other kinds of mentoring.
    • Culturally Aware Mentorship (CAM) Training: a program from the National Research Mentoring Network that supports mentors and mentees in addressing cultural diversity matters. The program includes a one-hour online module, a six-hour intensive training, and a skills survey for self-assessment.
    • Peer Mentoring in STEM: training from the Canvas Network

    Validated assessments of mentoring:

    • M. Fleming, S. House, V. S. Hanson, L. Yu, J. Garbutt, R. McGee, K. Kroenke, Z. Abedin, and D. M. Rubio, “The Mentoring Competency Assessment,” Academic Medicine 88(7), 1002–1008 (2013): The Mentoring Competency Assessment (MCA) includes surveys for mentors and mentees to assess the skills of mentors.
    • R. A. Berk, J. Berg, R. Mortimer, B. Walton-Moss, and T. P. Yeo, “Measuring the effectiveness of faculty mentoring relationships,” Academic Medicine 80(1), 66–71 (2005): The Mentorship Profile Questionnaire (MPQ) is a survey for mentees to evaluate the mentoring relationship, and the Mentorship Effectiveness Scale (MES) is a survey for mentees to evaluate the mentor.