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Excellence in Mentoring

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

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 watch our videos titled "The Mentor's Strategy: Types of Mentoring" and "Aligning a Mentoring Relationship."