Mentor-Mentee Resources

Mentoring relationships are mutually respectful, mutually supportive relationships. They require commitment, a willingness to do honest self-assessment, and an ability to 1) give/receive feedback, and 2) seek positive solutions to misunderstandings from both mentor and mentee. When these elements are present, the potential for personal growth, professional growth, and productivity is enormous.

All Pathways mentors are expected to be academically successful leaders who value diversity and are committed to developing their mentoring skills and sharing their experiences with other HMMI students.

All prospective and current Pathways mentors should take the time to watch the TED Talk below on the importance of mentoring.

TED Talk video on Critical Mentoring by Claremont Colleges alumnus, Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan:


In addition, below you will find a list of great articles and resources to help strengthen the mentor/mentee relationship. Enjoy!

Resource  Summary
Becoming an Effective Mentor or Mentee The NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education created a blog post on how to be an effective mentor and mentee.
MOU Example If you are unsure how to start your mentor/mentee relationship, create an MOU. This is like a contract or agreement that you both sign so that everyone is on the same page.


MentorMentee FAQs Here are some frequently asked questions students have about being a mentor/mentee.


Follow the Leader- Mentoring This article focuses on the benefits of mentoring, how to establish effective mentoring relationships, and how to maintain an effective mentoring relationship.


Career Service Guide This online booklet, provided by Scripps College Career Services, is the perfect resource if your mentee wants information on how to build their CV, write a cover letter, apply to grad school, etc.