These mentoring guidelines were created to ensure mentees and mentors develop a mutual understanding of expectations from the beginning of their relationship. A mentoring relationship is a partnership, with both people showing respect and support for each other. Like any other relationship, mentoring creates expectations. Mentors and mentees typically enter their relationships with assumed expectations of each other. To prevent any disappointments the Expectation Chart below list some common, reasonable expectations. In many cases, the expectations are similar or the same. Discuss these expectations early in the mentoring partnership with your mentee. You may want to add other expectations the two of you identify when you meet.

Both mentors and mentees are responsible for keeping the content of every discussion within the mentor relationship confidential. All your exchanges with each other–both personal and professional–are subject to the expectations of professional confidentiality. Although this confidentiality is legally limited, neither of you should discuss the contents of your discussions with anyone else without the written permission of the other.


Mentors and mentees are responsible for determining how they are to meet with each other (conference call, video call, or in person) and how often. The program requires meeting once a month for a minimum of 60 minutes. Having more than one session per month and or meeting for a longer period of time is at the discretion of both the mentor and mentee. Scheduling more than one session a month is encouraged but is not required.

Once the mentoring sessions have been determined, mentees are solely responsible for submitting mentoring reports to the Project Director. It’s suggested but not required for mentors to review reports created by mentees, prior to submission. Both mentor and mentee are required to complete Mid-Program and End-of-Program evaluations.

Expectations Chart


Monitors mentee's progress throughout the entire relationshipMakes it happen by
- developing a plan of action with mentor's advice.
-accomplishing the plan
Encourages the mentee to engage in the research plan that has a clear set of expectations and high standardsEngages actively in the research plan with the support of the mentor
Nurtures relationship with mentee by providing guidance and directionNurtures relationship with mentor by accepting guidance objectively
Teach from experienceTrusts mentor's judgement.
Tolerates constructive criticism.
Offers "Obi-wanisms", which include:
- sage advice
- praise and positive reinforcement
- patience
- setting of high standards
- role model to emulate
- "Obi-wanism" is a slang term for particularly wise saying defined here
Open to receiving the advice, praise, standards, and examples offered by the mentor.
Respects mentee's:
- priorities (personal and professional)
- time
- wants/needs
- ideas
Respects mentor's:
- advice
- constructive criticism
- time
- experience
Shares experiences by:
- offering suggestions for success
- guiding mentees
Seeks advice by:
- identifying challenges
- articulating needs
Honors the mentee by:
- using time wisely
- creating lines of open communication
Honros mentor by:
- using time wisely
- creating an open line of communication
Integrity is KeyIntegrity is Key
Promotes professional development including:
- career skills
- life skills
Progress by:
- practicing what she has learned
- providing feedback to mentor
- persevering in all goals
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