What is Mentoring?

This section provides an orientation to the definitions of mentoring, models for the mentoring relationship and the roles, functions and benefits of being a mentor.

Topics include:

  • Distinguishing technical/scientific from developmental/career mentoring
  • The multiple and sometimes overlapping roles of mentors (supervisor, advisor, sponsor, coach, teacher)
  • Goals for mentors and mentoring relationships (formal and informal)
  • Characteristics of effective mentoring
  • Value of multiple mentors and networks of mentors