Developing Postdoctoral Scholar and Graduate Student Mentorship Ability

Zhen Zhao, Adam Carberry

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Abstract

This research full paper presents a mixed methods study in developing the professional skills of engineering postdoctoral scholars and graduate students.}{It has been well documented that mentorship ability is crucial for mentee-mentor pairs in educational settings. The ability to be a mentor is a valuable professional skill for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students regardless of the career path taken following their education. How postdoctoral scholars and graduate students themselves develop an ability to mentor has not been widely researched. National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Centers (ERC) provide summer mentoring opportunities, including Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students (REU), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET), and Young Scholars Program (YSP), for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students to learn and practice how to be a mentor. A major challenge associated with this opportunity is the belief that such activities are not a valuable time investment. This belief can come from both the postdoctoral scholar or graduate students and their advisors. This paper presented a mixed methods study to investigate how practicing mentorship impacts the development of various professional skills for those involved in ERC Summer Programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Education
Subtitle of host publicationFostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538611739
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 4 2019
Event48th Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2018 - San Jose, United States
Duration: Oct 3 2018Oct 6 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Volume2018-October
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Conference

Conference48th Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2018
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period10/3/1810/6/18

Keywords

  • Engineering research centers
  • Graduate students
  • Mentorship
  • Postdoctoral scholars
  • Summer programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Zhao, Z., & Carberry, A. (2019). Developing Postdoctoral Scholar and Graduate Student Mentorship Ability. In Frontiers in Education: Fostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings [8659253] (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE; Vol. 2018-October). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2018.8659253