Project History

Previous NIH funding (2010-2014) supported What Matters in Mentoring? Testing and Measuring a Mentor Training Intervention, a study that challenged a commonly-held assumption that any form of mentoring will yield positive outcomes, by delving into the specific characteristics of research mentoring relationships that account for observed benefits.

Our prior research addressed several knowledge gaps in interventions to advance research careers of underrepresented groups in biological sciences and identified factors in the research mentoring relationship associated with career choice in the biological sciences. Building on this information, we were able to determine the effectiveness of an existing research mentor training intervention, Entering Mentoring, and learned about important differences in mentored research experiences, beyond acquisition of research skills, that contribute to various outcomes for underrepresented groups of students.


Products from this grant include:

  • A one-hour mentor training module, building on the Entering Mentoring framework, that teaches mentors how to effectively promote research mentee self-efficacy
  • Scales for measuring the ability of mentors to promote mentee self-efficacy for research and the importance mentees place on that ability
  • Confirmation that mentors and mentees tend to have different views about when and how cultural diversity should be explicitly addressed in the research mentoring relationship
  • Evidence of a lack of comfort with addressing racial/ethnic differences

Research reported on this website was supported by the National Institute Of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01GM094573. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.