Mentorship is critical for success as a scientific researcher. The traditional view of mentoring is a one-on-one professional relationship between a senior and junior investigator. However, participating in a network or group of “near peer” or “peer” mentors can be more effective for both the mentor and mentee. The goal of this blog is to provide resources to help scientists become more educated on the benefits of peer mentoring, steps to take to be an effective peer mentor, and provide ways of creating opportunities to foster peer mentoring relationships. The first article discusses the pros and cons of traditional or hierarchical one-on-one mentoring and lays the ground work in support of mentoring networks involving peer mentors. In subsequent articles, we delve into near peer and peer mentoring and highlight some of the advantages and benefits of peer mentoring, practical methods to be an effective peer mentor, and how to start your own peer mentoring group.
Post #1: Should we do away with hierarchical one-on-one mentoring?
Post #2: Looking beyond traditional mentoring. Why peer mentoring may be more superior.
Post #3: Have you underestimated the value of mentoring?
Post #4: Advantages of participating in peer mentoring. Is this the missing piece to being a successful post-doc?
Post #5: Success isn’t achieved alone. How peer mentoring can benefit yourself and others.
Post #6: Practical methods to participate in peer mentoring.
Post #7: Want to help other scientists be successful? Form a peer mentoring group with these 5 easy steps.
Post #8: Do you know the advantages of peer mentoring?
Post #9: Are you a woman in science and want more mentorship? Check out this program!
Post #10: Unexpected benefits for mentors from underrepresented backgrounds in near-peer mentoring.
||Kristi Streeter, PhD is a research assistant scientist at the University of Florida. Her interests are in understanding the cardiorespiratory impact of diaphragm sensory afferents and utilizing electrical stimulation to restore afferent input, engage spinal networks, and induce neuroplasticity to improve breathing following spinal cord injury.