Armando Rodriguez, a Presidential Awardee of mentoring excellence, gives a few of his insights to the requirements and responsibilities of mentoring:

WHAT QUALITIES DOES A GOOD MENTOR NEED?


Patience


Unassuming objectivity


Observant


Sensitivity and empathy (e.g., toward cultural, gender, disability, or minority issues)


Approachable and available


Pragmatic and flexible


Enthusiastic about the many opportunities that exist for young researchers to develop professionally (e.g., internships, fellowships, conferences, etc.)

WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A MENTOR?


Provide alternative approaches/solutions to technical/personal problems.


Properly assess a student's background and interests


View the mentee-mentor relationship as a true partnership


Create an environment in which student talent is nurtured and permitted to flourish

WHAT DO MENTEES WANT FROM THEIR MENTORS?


Perspective


Reduce uncertainty


Provide or suggest possible solutions or approaches to problems


Be knowledgeable about technical aspects associated with a field and about career opportunities

MENTORS SHOULD PROVIDE MENTEES WITH:


Aadvice, direction, and guidance (short-term and long-term)


A sense of what opportunities exist and what is achievable


Perspective--a sense of the "big picture"


Tools for achieving short-term and long-term goals


Weighted compassion, constructive criticism, and praise


Self-esteem


Corrective feedback


Mechanisms for intellectual and personal growth