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Positive Benefits of Being a Mentee

General benefits

  • Receive wisdom and advice, but have the freedom to make own decisions
  • Have an objective person with whom to discuss problems/concerns
  • Receive support and encouragement for combining career and family
  • Friendship
  • Have a role model
  • Intellectual stimulation  

Professional Growth

  • Receive assistance with long-term career planning and direction
  • Receive help with clarifying career goals and course of action
  • Receive good advice and practical help for obtaining additional training
  • Receive general constructive criticism and guidance

Receive guidance on aspects of academic life and culture 


Receive good basic research training

  • Learn new research techniques
  • Learn how to apply for grants
  • Receive help planning grants
  • Receive information about granting agencies
  • Receive suggestions for structuring grant applications
  • Ability to collaborate with experienced faculty
  • Gain desired research experience

Increase recognition and acceptance in the professional community

  • Empowered by endorsement of mentor
  • Introductions to significant people in the institution and your field
  • Opportunities to serve on major committees and boards

Tangible rewards

  • Promotion
  • Awarded funding

Increased self-confidence

  • Gain confidence in ability to do research
  • Gain confidence in leadership role
  • Receive support for taking professional risk

Personal Growth

  • Learn negotiating skills
  • Experience increased motivation and productivity
  • Develop new interests
  • Discover the importance of collegiality and sense of community

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