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Welcome to Nature Mentoring, an online resource offering advice and support to scientist mentors and their mentees. This collection is a mix of relevant articles from Nature Careers, profiles of Nature's annual Mentoring in Science award winners, and relevant blog posts from Naturejobs' global community of scientists working across academic, industry, and other sectors.
Now in their third year, the Nature awards for mentoring in science recognize outstanding achievement in scientific mentoring and the fostering of scientific creativity. Nominations for 2007 — for high-achieving mentors in South Africa — are now closed. But in this issue we publish “Nature's guide for mentors”. Drawing from the rich resource provided by the applications for the 2006 awards, the guide is intended for young scientists embarking on a career as a mentor either of their graduate students or of staff in their research team.
Five scientists nominated by their peers have created nurturing research environments and fostered fields and careers far beyond their labs. Carina Dennis and Janet Wright give credit where it's long overdue.
Is your adviser not the role model or mentor of your dreams? Then take charge of the situation and find the right people. Kendall Powell plays matchmaker. More than one mentor may be necessary for postdocs and graduate students.
Having a good mentor can determine the direction and probability of success for a young researcher. But mentoring takes skill, and institutions are paying attention to their training, says Virginia Gewin.