There’s been a decent amount of discussion in the science blogscape recently about mentorship. See Tenure She Wrote, and Michael Tomasson. Now, as I’m not a traditional academic, I don’t have formal mentoring relationships. However, I have always worked to maintain opportunities for mentored internships, and I’ve published about how I believe they should be structured, specifically for undergraduate engineers in hospital environments.
And now that I’ve started work on my grant, I have two young engineers working for me on my big, exciting project. Two young women, one from Very Fancy University (VFU) and one from University of High Regard (UHR). One a senior, the other a fourth-year-of-five dual degree student. They’re both very competant and driven.
I just want to make this a kind of an open thread, and hopefully some of my scientist friends will engage. I’ll be with the students for about 3 months. What’s the one best best thing I should do to be a good mentor? How can I maximize my usefulness, beyond teaching them something of value academically, and providing them with exposure to real-world engineering in healthcare?
How can I be the best mentor I can be?