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Mentorship of pre-docs provides a lot of opportunity to the research profession.  Unlike PhD students, pre-docs are highly interested in a research career, but often not quite to the point of committing to it.  Interventions with pre-docs have an outsized opportunity to bring in students who otherwise might not consider a research career, students from diverse academic disciplines, backgrounds, experiences, and interests.  Because they are considering multiple pathways, pre-docs are not always straightforward to mentor.  Strategies for mentoring may vary based on the mentee, but general good practices apply to all forms of effective mentoring.  The modules below seek to expand traditional conceptions of mentoring into more productive roles, provide concrete strategies for mentoring across difference, and suggest ways to evaluate your own success as a mentor.  

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This article in CSWEP News discusses mentoring students considering a PhD, including advising on the pre-doc path.