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  1. Insights from a survey of mentorship experiences by graduate and postdoctoral researchers

    This article has 7 authors:
    1. Sarvenaz Sarabipour
    2. Natalie M Niemi
    3. Steven J Burgess
    4. Christopher T Smith
    5. Alexandre W Bisson Filho
    6. Ahmed Ibrahim
    7. Kelly Clark

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    These preprint discusses the overall satisfaction among mentees with respect to their mentoring experiences. Some takeaways are:

    - Overall lower satisfaction for mentees studying in a different country with respect to those studying in their home country

    - Potential issues to work on for mentors: setting clear expectations of mentoring relationship, providing mentees a path to independence, discussing mentee’s career goals

    - Mentor traits desired by mentees: being supportive while providing guidance (helps overcome impostor syndrome), generosity in time commitment, openness, honesty, transparency, trust, respect for mentee’s experiences, support for diverse career options.

    - Pitfalls reported by mentees: treatment as employee rather than mentee, absent mentors, micromanagement, power imbalance between mentor and mentee, insufficient professional respect and boundaries, lack of consideration for mentee work-life balance, favoritism.

  2. Mentoring practices predictive of doctoral student outcomes in a biological sciences cohort

    This article has 3 authors:
    1. Reena Debray
    2. Emily A. Dewald-Wang
    3. Katherine K. Ennis

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    Some takeaways from this preprint:

    - Students that identified as female, non-binary, first-generation students, students with disabilities, and parents/caregivers tended to feel less support from their supervisors. Effects were compounded for people who self-identified as belonging to multiple of the above groups.

    - Students that felt represented by their advisor tended to feel happier and more comfortable in their program.