APS Authors/Members: Jay J. Van Bavel and Leah H. Somerville
We all know mentor-mentee relationships can be tricky. This crucial topic was brought into relief for Jay when he served on a panel that discussed mentorship in July. Beforehand, panel organizers sent a survey to student and postdoc participants, asking them to anonymously disclose what frustrates them about their advisers.
Hundreds of complaints poured in, ranging from the mundane to the seriously unethical. Many revealed that mentors were increasing the stress of their trainees, often through micromanagement—for example, requiring lab members to work evenings or weekends on short notice—or neglect, such as going months without making time for a 5-minute meeting.
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