Effective mentoring is a critical component of scientific training, especially at the undergraduate level. Even though prior research suggests that negative mentoring experiences are common, little is known about mentoring experiences in general. Limeri et al. report on a qualitative study designed to define and characterize negative mentoring experiences of undergraduate life science researchers. Thirty-three life science undergraduate researchers were interviewed about their experience with mentors, including mentor behaviors and characteristics and mentoring situations and events. The results identified seven major categories of negative mentoring: absenteeism, abuse of power, interpersonal mismatch, lack of career and technical support, lack of psychosocial support, misaligned expectations, and unequal treatment. These data could be useful to future and current mentors reflecting on their mentoring practice.
CBE Life Sci. Educ. 18, ar61 (2019).
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