While much about professional standards of conduct may be learned from reading or in formal educational activities, there is much that a student or junior scientist can learn from his or her elders in a very personal, one-on-one relationship, known as mentoring. There is much to consider in becoming a good mentor, and there is much to consider in taking advantage of having a mentor. These links provide useful guidelines for both mentors (advisors) and mentees (advisees).
A guide for those who mentor or advise students or junior colleagues. Developed by the Committee on Science, engineering and Public Policy (COSEPUP) for the National Academy of Science. (1997)
A downloadable guide for faculty. (2005)
A downloadable guide for students. (2005)
A downloadable, book-length guide specifically about post-doctoral training. For both post-docs and their advisors, from the National Academy of Sciences. (2000)
Although written with specific reference to the NIH intramural program, this site contains much useful guidance that is relevant in many institutions. It also has useful Web links. (1999)
This downloadable document lists many types of skills (e.g., in areas such as core science knowledge, laboratory skills, professional ethics, communications, etc.) that students and fellows should be seeking to develop. It is a useful guide for students and fellows in all disciplines and is not physiology-specific. From the American Physiological Society and the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology. (2003)
On a regular basis, postdoctoral fellows and their advisors should review the fellows’ professional progress and set goals for further professional development. This FASEB resource is a simple and effective way to structure such a process. It is particularly useful for fellows, but is also applicable to Master’s and PhD students.