Mentoring Standards


How to Make Interactions Between Mentors and Trainees as Synergistic and Fruitful as Possible


This document was developed by the Gladstone Committee on Mentoring Standards, unanimously endorsed by Gladstone investigators, and approved by the directors in December 1999.


One of Gladstone’s most important missions is to train scientists and to prepare them for successful careers. To achieve this goal, mentors and trainees must cooperate actively to develop the trainee’s creativity, knowledge, communication skills, initiative, and perseverance, as these are the qualities that help scientists excel in diverse career paths.


We realize that each individual and each mentor-trainee relationship are unique and that there are many aspects of good mentoring that are difficult to put in words. However, we believe that following the standards outlined below will go a long way toward making the interaction between mentor and trainee a mutually rewarding experience.


The standards were based, in good part, on practices promulgated by the NIH. Several of the NIH guidelines were expanded or modified, with input from postdoctoral fellows and investigators, to optimally support our postdoctoral training program. The standards will be reviewed and updated periodically.