The Science and Art of Mentoring

We often do not seize the numerous opportunities we are afforded to shape the learning experiences of our mentees, let alone influence the environments in which those experiences transpire. We do not frequently enough embrace the art of mentoring. Stretching beyond Best Practices Contemplate the  … Read more

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PALM Network: Developing Science Educators One Best Practice at a Time

Helping to develop top-notch science educators is among ASCB’s top goals as a society. To support this endeavor, in 2016 ASCB and other societies and organizations piloted the Promoting Active Learning and Mentor (PALM) Network. The PALM Network is a National Science Foundation–funded program that  … Read more

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Paying it forward: how we can do better for our undergrads

The vast majority of us discovered our love of research in our undergraduate career and some of us even earlier than that. Thinking back to your experience, there was likely an individual who inspired you in your research. That person mentored you and taught you  … Read more

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Putting active learning into practice: an interview with PALM fellow Christopher Baker and PALM mentor Michelle Smith

This blog post originally appeared on Genes to Genomes, the Genetics Society of America blog. Are you a postdoc looking for hands-on education experience and mentoring? Or a faculty member interested in bringing evidence-based, effective active learning strategies into your classroom? The PALM (Promoting Active Learning  … Read more

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Choosing the right mentor for career success

Mentoring is critical for the development and training of independent scientists but, all too often, not enough emphasis is placed on choosing the right mentor. Mentors not only provide technical and experimental support but should aid in both career development and life guidance. Importantly, mentoring  … Read more

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Ethical and Inspiring Mentorship in STEM symposium

Among the many roles that scientists play, mentoring younger scientists is one for which researchers are rarely trained. In the current STEM research environment, where lack of funding is but one of the systemic issues young scientists face, the roles, responsibilities, and career trajectories are  … Read more

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Niche Mentoring: How to Give Advice and Offer Help from Your Areas of Strength

Most of us have seen or heard about extraordinary mentors (e.g., reference 1), just as most of us have seen or heard about extraordinary teachers. By definition, “extraordinary” is not the norm. Our goal in this column is to widen the group of people who  … Read more

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Six best practices learned from mentoring undergraduates

  Most scientists will mentor undergraduates at one time in their career. If these students are well trained, they can be an important asset for early career scientists and sometimes even generate publishable data. As scientists, it is our responsibility to train future scientists and  … Read more

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The Minority Report—When Simply Adding Numbers is Not Enough

A few weeks ago, Gary McDowell reported on the “Increasing Diversity in a Changing Research Landscape” subgroup held at the 2015 ASCB Annual Meeting. This session provided many suggestions and examples of the initiatives that have been started to improve the number of underrepresented minorities  … Read more

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