Borlaug LEAP does not match students with mentors. As a leadership program, we expect students to take the initiative and find mentors that suit their needs.
5 tips for finding a mentor
- Do a literature review and become familiar with the scientists working in your field and/or working on issues related to your research. Once you identify potential mentors, read their work and ask questions.
- Assess what your needs are. You must understand what you personally need to grow both as a person and a scientist before you can identify potential mentors.
- Think of it as building a team. Select potential mentors appropriate to your needs who will fill gaps or enhance your education. Remember different points of view will expand your perspective.
- Seek out mentors that have careers that you admire.
- Be proactive. Ask your academic advisors, fellow students, colleagues or supervisors for suggestions. Talk to faculty in your department or at nearby universities or research institutes. Attend professional conferences, workshops and guest seminars and network with presenters and participants.
Students looking for a CGIAR mentor can also contact one of focal points listed here.