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Postdoc Mentor Guidelines

Mentor’s Role

We require commitment from the mentor at the host Institution that they will follow MSRI mentoring guidelines. The mentor must agree to designate a weekly meeting, at which some or all of the following items will be discussed:

Establishing a research plan:

  • A discussion at the beginning of the semester on the project(s) the PD is pursuing and ideas on how to choose projects
  • Introductions to senior researchers
  • Advice on how to write a paper well (point to literature on this subject); give feedback on paper drafts
  • Advice about publication (e.g. how quickly to publish a thesis, choosing and dealing with journals, etc.)
  • NSF grant proposal writing; feedback on proposal drafts, from beginning to submission
  • Assistance with forming reading or working groups at the beginning of the semester

Planning for professional development:

  • Advice on writing a CV and research, teaching and EDI statements
  • Advice on preparing for interviews
  • Advice on how to give a good talk
  • Critique talks given by the PD; also advise on giving talks at national meetings
  • Discussion on how to address the various aspects of an academic career (proportion of research/teaching/service at various stages of one’s career; etc.)

We will ask for a quarterly report from mentor and PD on their experience and progress addressing these points. The report will need to address the above points.