How four winning mentors help to build skills and dispel doubt - Nature.com
Nature.com - Wed 9 Jan 08:09 GMT

How four winning mentors help to build skills and dispel doubt - Nature.com

Nature’s 2018 mentoring awards focus on supportive senior researchers in the US South.

  Years before she racked up awards for her research on the chemistry of sugar, Cole was a freshly enrolled PhD student facing a crisis.

  Cole didn’t know it at the time, but Warner, who develops nanoparticles for biomedical applications, had a long history of lifting up students in crisis, and had experienced barriers of his own.

  Two mid-career researchers were also honoured: Kjersti Aagaard, a physician and molecular geneticist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas; and Anita Corbett, a cell biologist at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

  The university doesn’t have a PhD programme in physics, so master’s students are generally the senior team members in his lab.

  From 2008 to 2013, he was one of four academic researchers leading a project funded by the US National Science Foundation that trained undergraduate students to become peer mentors in maths, physics and chemistry.