Ten salient practices of undergraduate research mentors: A review of the literature

written by admin on July 19, 2016 in Uncategorized with no comments Olin Shanahan, J. Ackley-Holbrook, E. Hall, E. Stewart, K. Walkington, H. (2015). Ten salient practices of undergraduate research mentors: A review of the literature. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 23 , 359-376. doi: 10.1080/13611267.2015.1126162

The authors conducted a literature review that focused on UR mentors’ practices. They wanted to know what effective mentorship looks like, because mentorship is the basis for successful UR. They described ten salient mentoring practices: strategic pre-planning; clear and well-scaffolded expectations; teach technical skills, method, and techniques; balance rigorous expectations with emotional support; build community among team members; dedicate time to one-on-one mentoring; increase student ownership over time; support student professional development; create opportunities for peer-mentoring; and guide students through dissemination.