What Matters in Mentoring

Our Focus

We work to advance the science pursuits of students from groups historically underrepresented in the biological and behavioral sciences by investigating mentoring relationships, what makes them effective and for whom. Our current work focuses on the impact of mentors’ awareness of cultural diversity on the research mentoring relationship.

Our Research Questions

  • Is cultural diversity relevant in a mentoring relationship?
  • Does raising mentors’ cultural diversity awareness improve their effectiveness?
  • Do mentors feel more able to engage in culturally responsive mentoring after receiving cultural diversity awareness training?

Our Theory

Mentoring is a proven vehicle for helping trainees fulfill their ambitions, persist in their scientific studies, and attain successful careers in STEM fields. Our research draws on applicable constructs in models of academic persistence and from social cognitive career theory (SCCT) to examine the complex variables operant in a research mentoring relationship. Our work is also informed by studies exploring the connection between identity development and social negotiation skills and persistence toward career goals.

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.