Category Archives: For Mentees

The Mentee Minute–Getting Specific Feedback

Recently, we talked about why it is important for mentors and supervisors to give specific feedback and ways to do that through the SBI model. SBI stands for Situation-Behavior-Impact and is a three-step model to give feedback that helps the mentee … Read More »

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Mentoring Skills Tune-Up–Reality Testing

As a self-proclaimed mentee, I’ve fallen victim to the unrealistic view that mentors have all the answers. On the flip side, as a mentor, I’ve had to resist the urge to blurt out solutions and answers to my mentee’s issues. … Read More »

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Mentoring Skills Tune-Up—Assessing Understanding

When I was a Postdoctoral Appointee I had the opportunity to mentor a summer student. My supervisor had cautioned that taking on a student could be a lot of work, but if I was up to it, she’d support me. … Read More »

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I’d Meet With My Mentor, But I Don’t Know What to Talk About

Recently, we discussed the value in asking questions to keep a conversation going. What happens when you don’t know where to start? One common answer I’ve heard when I ask mentees if they’ve met with their mentors is, “I would, … Read More »

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It’s National Mentoring Month! What Is Your Memorable Mentoring Moment?

In the middle of grad school, I had a particularly bad thesis committee meeting. I had hit a plateau with my progress in both my research and professional growth and it showed…badly. My committee hammered away, question after question, for … Read More »

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Curiouser and Curiouser! Asking Questions to Keep the Conversation Going

“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass This past year, I had the pleasure … Read More »

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Profiles in Mentoring with Ken Kemner

Award winners share their thoughts on mentoring and supervision Excellent mentors contribute not only to the development of those they mentor, but also to the success of the entire laboratory. This is why Argonne is committed to fostering a mentoring … Read More »

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Profiles in Mentoring with Maria Chan

Award winners share their thoughts on mentoring and supervision Excellent mentors contribute not only to the development of those they mentor, but also to the success of the entire laboratory. This is why Argonne is committed to fostering a mentoring … Read More »

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Tip Sheets for Mentoring and Being Mentored

When the Postdoctoral Program Office started the Postdoctoral Mentoring Program almost seven years ago, one of the most common questions we would get was, “So, how does mentoring work?” While fundamental in nature, this is actually a good question. Some people are … Read More »

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Mentoring Compacts Can Be Useful Tools for Research Supervisors

Argonne’s Postdoctoral Mentoring Program is unique in that postdoctoral researchers report to a supervisor or line manager for their research and employment functions, and have a third party mentor outside of line management. This structure is to ensure that every postdoc … Read More »

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