Mentor Resources

The BLaST Mentoring handbook is available! Check out the intro and pdf here.

The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) is part of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium, which serves mentors and mentees and strives to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce. Please watch this short video on NRMN.  BLaST encourages all its participants to join NRMN as either a mentor or mentee.  Visit NRMN at

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is an NSF Center for Learning and Teaching in higher education which includes resources for mentoring.

Pathways to Science is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP), funded by the NSF and NASA. It supports mentoring pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research provides mentor-mentee training and assessment, and is part of the NIH-funded NRMN.

Suggested Readings

Science Careers Article from the Journal Science: Top 10 Tips for Mentors, including a skills inventory to self-assess

Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges article:  The Mentoring Competency Assessment: Validation of a New Instrument to Evaluate Skills of Research Mentors

National Academies guide for mentors: Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend

Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education article:  The Intentional Mentor: Effective Mentorship of Undergraduate Science Students

Wisconsin Program for Science Teaching & the Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Entering Mentoring Guide

American Physical Society: Physics Mentor Training