Strong mentorship has been linked to enhanced mentee productivity, self-efficacy, career satisfaction, and is an important predictor of the academic success of scientists in training. This session is based on the Entering Mentoring curriculum, which has been successfully tested in a multi-site randomized controlled trial led by University of Wisconsin-Madison. The mentors who participated in Entering Mentoring assess their mentees' skills and communicate with them more effectively.

Watch the video in each section and answer the questions posed in the Mentoring Training Worksheet below. The training discusses establishing clear expectations, mentoring agreements, project descriptions and addressing equity and inclusions.


  • Provide evidence-based tools to help in your mentorship
  • Gain confidence in navigating the mentoring relationship
  • Support the success and advancement of students from a diverse array of backgrounds and varying levels of academic preparedness



In this section, we define mentoring and introduce the rest of the sessions.

The videos are only viewable to the MSU community so you will need to be on the MSU network or using VPN to view them.

Materials Needed:

You will watch a series of videos and answer questions in a worksheet to be submitted at the end of the course.

You will also see links below each video that will be used for the accompanying activities. Please feel free to download any of the handouts to keep for future reference.

Establish clear expectations

Good communication is a key element of any relationship and a mentoring relationship is no exception. In this section, you will read a case study and consider some questions that it brings up. You will also create a description of the research project that your mentee will be working on with you.

Materials Needed:

Continue entering information into the Mentoring Training Form

Address Equity and Inclusion                                        

Diversity, in many dimensions, offers both challenges and opportunities to any relationship. Learning to identify, reflect upon, learn from, and engage with diverse perspectives is essential to fostering effective mentoring relationships and vibrant intellectual environments. In this section, you will review some studies in diversity and inclusion and reflect on the impact they have on the mentoring relationship.

Materials Needed:

Continue entering information into the Mentoring Training Form

Follow-up Materials

Summary of training with more information

Example mentoring agreements:





Questions about this training? Contact Nika Stoop at [email protected].