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A generosity of spirit

To maximize your scientific career, it is essential to establish research networks and build upon a multitude of mentoring relationships. At the heart of these networks, each scientist has the potential to benefit from the influence and satisfaction of being a mentor and a mentee.

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I sincerely acknowledge the inspiration from two wonderful mentors: Sir Alan Battersby and Jean M. J. Fréchet. They taught me the power of networking and mentorship. Long-term support for mentoring activities from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara (DMR-1720256) and the Dow Chemical Company is gratefully acknowledged.

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Correspondence to Craig J. Hawker.

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Hawker, C.J. A generosity of spirit. Nat Rev Mater 4, 623–624 (2019).

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