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date: 18 September 2019

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Mentoring undergraduate students is an essential part of academic life, replete with both rewards to relish and barriers to overcome. Good mentoring can help students investigate life goals as well as improve their current situations in terms of both academic work and related life events. The benefits for the mentors include having better prepared and more highly motivated students working in our labs and classrooms, as well as knowing that we have helped a student along the rocky road of life. Research shows clear benefits for students, too. Well-mentored students tend to enjoy university life more, they perform better in classes, and they are more likely to stay to graduate. This chapter provides thoughts on how to achieve (or maintain) and enjoy positive mentoring relationships with our students.

Keywords: mentor, research, caring, students, ethics

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