Students, faculty and staff all recognize the value of a wise and trusted counselor or teacher who can help them navigate their work and life at MIT.  While seen as an invaluable part of any academic or professional experience, mentoring is not automatic and might take a little extra effort to find.

Watch brief talks by exemplary mentors Professors Tania Baker and Ed Bertschinger, and additional award presentation to Professor Sam Allen, Professor Phil Sharp and Dr. Asha Bhakar.The School of Science and MIT REFS (Resources for Easing Friction and Stress) sponsored the Poster Contest for Mentoring in Research, Spring 2010, and the winning submissions are available for viewing, downloading and copying.


The most extensive resource for student mentoring is Mentorship@MIT. Here you will find links to a large number of mentoring programs, guidance about starting a mentoring program, and tips for mentors. For those interested in being mentored, the “How to be advised” brochure compiled by the UA Committee on Educational Policy will be of value.

For those interested in starting a peer mentoring program, the Academy of Courageous Minority Engineers (ACME) offers their experience. ACME provides a safe forum to strategically approach the challenges faced by graduate students, in order to facilitate graduate student development.

Science Mentoring Research provides extensive research and guidance on mentoring in STEM fields, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). MentorNet– MentorNet is the award-winning nonprofit e-mentoring network that positively affects the retention and success of those in engineering, science and mathematics, particularly but not exclusively women and others underrepresented in these fields.


A Guide for New Faculty and their Mentors  provides guidance on how to most effectively use an academic mentoring relationship. A good bibliography for research on faculty mentoring is prepared by the University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. In addition, there are resources specifically for women faculty and faculty of color. Individual departments have their own mentoring policies and procedures.

Postdoctoral Scholars

The information and forms contained in the Postdoctoral Mentoring and Advising Toolkit were designed at MIT to assist the training of postdoctoral researchers, and will be helpful to mentors/advisors, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Postdoctoral Associates. Some of these resources are for one time use, others will be useful on an annual basis.


A Guide to Informal Mentoring  provides tips on how to cultivate a network of mentors.

Mentoring: An Essential Leadership Skill” is an article which is part of a free professional development toolkit.

Management Mentors is a vendor who offers numerous free articles, blogs and podcasts.


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