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Graduate Research & Mentoring

Effective mentorship during STEM graduate education is thought to improve graduate students’ scholarly productivity, academic performance, and career advancement. Mentorship is a key component of graduate training in the life sciences. However, mentoring relationships can also have dysfunctional or problematic elements. Our research group is interested in understanding the range of mentorship that graduate student's experience. We want your voice to be heard, so please consider participating in a research study being conducted by our lab! You are eligible to participate in this study if (1) you are doing or have done research as a graduate student for at least one year within the past year (2) you are pursuing or have earned a PhD in a life science discipline and (3) are 18 years of age or older. Sharing your experiences will help improve the effectiveness of graduate research experiences for future students. Results from this study will be used to design mentoring innovations that will help improve mentoring relationships and practices. This study will also build capacity for developing a globally competitive workforce and contribute to efforts aimed at broadening participation in STEM fields. If you have any questions or are interesting in participating in this study, please reach out to us at