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Four Phases of the Mentoring Relationship A mentoring relationship moves through four stages*: selection, alignment, cultivation, and closure.

*Four stages based on work compiled by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Checklist for Mentee/Mentor Alignment Phase

A checklist from University of Wisconsin Madison to help determine whether the alignment phase is complete and successful.

How to Break up With Your Mentor

How do you know when it’s time to move on from your mentor? What’s the best way to end the relationship without burning bridges? This article will give you insight into these issues.

Mentor Evaluation Forms

From University of Wisconsin Madison, a way to assess a current mentee/mentor relationship.

Common Expectations for Mentees

A checklist of functional expectations for mentees from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“Assessing Fit” Checklist for Mentor Selection

A checklist from University of Wisconsin Madison for determining whether or not you have successfully found a good mentoring match.

Mentor Selection Phase Resources

Resources from University of Wisconsin Madison to help with create a successful mentor/mentee match.

Alignment Phase Resources

Helpful links from University of Wisconsin Madison for articulating expectations and setting goals, roles, and timelines for a mentor/mentee relationship.

Cultivation Phase Resources

Helpful links from University of Wisconsin Madison to guide leveraging the strengths outlined in the Individual Development Plan (IDP), as well as cultivating areas for growth and communicating your changing needs.

Closure Phase Resources

Resources from University of Wisconsin Madison for framework or set of conditions in place for when the mentor/mentee relationship should change or end.

“Mentoring Up”: Learning to Manage your Mentoring Relationships

Book chapter in “The Mentoring Continuum”, edited by Glenn Wright

Beyond “Finding Good Mentors” to “Building and Cultivating Your Mentoring Team”

Book chapter in “Advancing Postdoc Women Guidebook” for the National Postdoc Association

“Mentoring Up: Learning to maximize your relationship with your mentor”

Workshop slides from Duke’s BioCoRE symposium for graduate students

Helpful Websites

Resource Highlight: Diversify STEM Conferences (DSC)

WHAT (what is the goal):

Diversify STEM Conferences (DSC) was created to address the wider issue of representation in STEM by focusing specifically on the diversity of speakers invited to give talks at conferences and on panels. We plan to do so by:

(1) providing resources for conference organizers to ensure that their conference is diverse and inclusive,

(2) tracking the representation of URM speakers at STEM conferences.

WHY (why is this important):

There have been extensive efforts to improve the number of underrepresented minority (URM) scientists and billions spent over the years to address the lack of diversity in STEM. However, progress has been slow and, in some fields, has stagnated. We believe that targeting conferences is a crucial step to increasing diversity. The importance of conferences in advancing STEM careers is well-known. They are critical times of collaboration, networking, visibility, career advancement, and more. For these reasons, we believe the underrepresentation during conferences is especially harmful and must be addressed.

HOW (how to get involved):

We have built up our Speakers List ( primarily through word of mouth! Please help us continue to amplify the work of URM researchers by emailing nominations of researchers to Researchers should be in a STEM field (we accept clinical and epidemiological research), at the post-doc level or higher and identify as part of an underrepresented minority group. If you would like to be on our list, please fill out the form here:


More Resources:

America Needs You and I’m First

An article, published by the Huffington Post, discussing two groups hoping to help first-generation college student graduate.

America Needs You

A group that fights for economic mobility for first-generation college students, by providing mentorship and intensive career development.

I’m First

An online community celebrating first-generation college students and supporting those who will be.

Race, Class & College Access

An scientific report about how colleges’ are admitting fewer legacy students in order to increase diversity on campus.

Learning to Deal With the Imposter Syndrome

An article, published by the New York Times, about the Imposter Syndrome: the feeling of “phoniness in people who believe that they are not intelligent, capable or creative despite evidence of high achievement.”

A national organization serving the fields and professionals of health services and policy research. They offer programs and services that support the development and research to better health care, reduce disparities, and improve the public’s general health.

American Indian Graduate Center

A national organization that provides providing educational assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students throughout the United States.

Area Health Education Center

This program enhances access to quality, competent health care through academic-community partnerships, accomplished by improving  the distribution, diversity, and supply of the primary care health professionals serving in rural and underserved communities.

Aspiring Docs Diaries

A website that provides inspiration and resources for those aspiring to be a physician.

Top 25 colleges Producing Latino Graduates

Excelencia in Education’s report about the top colleges producing the most Latino graduates.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) represents all 145 accredited U.S. medical schools, 17 accredited Canadian medical schools, 400 major teaching hospitals, and 90 scientific societies. They are responsible for administering the MCAT® exam and managing the medical school application process.

Explore Health Careers

An interactive health careers website that gives students and educators alike a comprehensive source of information and links to health-related education and training programs, financial aid resources, and current healthcare issues.

IBP Pathways to Science

Pathways to Science supports pathways to the STEM fields. On this website find information on undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as recruitment, retention, and mentoring. Click here for the Pathways to Science Resource Toolbox.

Learning Resources

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises and instructional videos encompassed in a personalized learning dashboard, empowering learners to study at their own pace both in and outside of the classroom.

Public Health

Public Health Pathways

A website with a medical career journey map helping to navigate students through pre-med to residency including choosing a medical career, applying to medical school, attending medical school, and training in a residency or fellowship.


NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Research resources for NHLBI programs and initiatives, which are designed to stimulate research in targeted areas.

A database of ongoing scientific research.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Federal Loans vs. Private Loans

Information on the different types of loans available to students and when you should choose one type of loan over another.

Student Aid Deadlines

A searchable database of federal, state, and college specific deadlines for financial aid.

AAMC Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools

The AAMC’s FIRST (Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools) program provides free resources to help individuals make wise financial decisions.


An online resource in finding scholarships to help pay for school, including information on targeted scholarships, financial aid, college searches, and career advice.


A comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools, available on or off the web.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

A scholarship fund aimed at empowering Latino families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional Hispanic American students as possible.

A website with information on career-specific scholarships, perfect for potential or current graduate students who are either already members of a particular field or are returning to school for an entirely different degree, but have a clear idea of where they want their career paths to lead.


CDC Internship Opportunities

A webpage with information on internship opportunities supported by the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE), giving qualified undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings.

The USDA Internship Program

A webpage with information on the USDA Internship Program, which provides paid and unpaid work experience to students who are in high school or pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an accredited higher education institution.

NIH Career Resources

NIH Intramural Research Program – Career Center


A webpage with information on the Intramural Research Program (IRP), which is made up of electronic resources, individual counseling, and extensive career and training programs. These resources are available to aid in the advancement of individuals’ career growth and development goals.

Fellowships and Positions of Interest

An webpage for the Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE), including postings of currently open jobs. The mission of OITE Career Services is to meet the career development needs of trainees across all Institutes and Centers at the NIH.

Jobs at NIH

Discover a career at NIH with a webpage of postings of currently open jobs.


Association for Women in Mathematics

A website with information on the Association for Women in Mathematics, an association with the purpose of encouraging women of all ages to study and have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.

American Mathematical Society

A webpage with information on the American Mathematical Society, who’s mission is  to further the interests of mathematical research, scholarship and education, serving the national and international community through publications, meetings, advocacy and other programs.