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The Excellence in Mentoring Initiative

Mentoring is a one-on-one relationship between an experienced professional (mentor) who shares their knowledge, skills and experience with a less experienced professional (mentee) to support their academic and career progression. At Northwestern, faculty mentors play a crucial role in the success of graduate students, other faculty, and post-doctoral fellows. In addition, pre- and post-docs learn from their mentors how to mentor others, and participate in a “mentoring chain” that incorporates undergraduates, master’s students, and earlier-career doctoral students. 

Mentors advise, guide and positively influence their mentees through:

Goal Setting Project Design & Management Feedback & Problem Solving Career Planning & Encouragement Networking

Led by Tracy C. Davis, PhD and sponsored by The Graduate School and the Office of the Provost, The Excellence in Mentoring Initiative sponsors special topic sessions and provides biannual training sessions for faculty who mentor graduate students and postdocs. 

To learn more about mentoring, please visit our Benefits of Mentoring, Roles & Responsibilities, Best Practices for Doctoral Mentors, and Tools for Success pages.  You can also download a PDF of our Excellence in Mentoring Initiative infographic, which includes information about this initiative with helpful links, or watch our videos titled "The Mentor's Strategy: Types of Mentoring" and "Aligning a Mentoring Relationship."

For more information, please email Tracy C. Davis.