Presented by Frank Bayliss, professor of biology, San Francisco State University; director, Student Enrichment Opportunities Office
Frank Bayliss will describe the role of mentoring in the preparation of training scientists for careers in science. The mentor/mentee relationship is not unlike that of the master craftsman/apprentice where someone more experienced shows someone less experienced the way. While the one to one training is essential, it is not usually adequate as it takes a community to fully develop as a scientist or craftsman. Ideally, a developing scientist, especially individuals from groups underrepresented in science, has the opportunity to participate in a program (or guild) that provides a structured preparation to navigate the complexities of research training and graduate education. Examples of the impact of training programs relative the success of California State University students in University of California Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) doctoral degree programs will be discussed.