Resources for Graduate Student Researchers

Training in Responsible Conduct of Research

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Research Ethics and Compliance Training. Register at or by following instructions here

George Mason University’s Seminar on Responsible Conduct of Research. An 8-hour faculty-led course on topics related to RCR. Offered once per semester, contact ORIA for details.

The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct The Office of Research Integrity (DHHS-ORI). Interactive video lets the viewer assume the roles of postdoc, graduate student, PI, and research administrator and make decisions that affect the integrity of research.

For more information about RCR training at Mason, see ORIA’s RCR Training Plan

Mentoring Guides (student-oriented)

How to Obtain the Mentoring You Need: A Guide for Graduate Students University of Washington Graduate School. See also Mentor Memos

Graduate Student Mentoring Guide: A Guide for Students Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan

Mentoring Matters The Graduate School, Penn State University

Building Successful Mentoring Relationships: Student Guide Laney Graduate School, Emory University

The (Unofficial) Advisee Guide The Graduate School, Duke University

U.S. Geological Survey’s Mentoring Reading. Among many references are the USGS Protégé Handbook and USGS Mentoring worksheets

Further Reading

National Academy of Engineering. Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1997.

Dean, Donna J. Getting the Most out of Your Mentoring Relationships A Handbook for Women in STEM. Mentoring in Academia and Industry ; 3. New York, NY: Springer New York, 2009. Available at the library

“Advice on Advising: How to Mentor Minority Students”

“How to Get the Most out of Your Relationship with a Mentor (Opinion)”

 “Why Some Professors Welcome New Lab Members with Clear Expectations—in Writing.” Science | AAAS, August 19, 2019.