Separate Advisors and Mentors

Lynda B. Williams, PhD: Separate Advisors and Mentors

The importance of having a variety of mentors throughout your graduate experience.

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Transcript: Separate Advisors and Mentors

First of all I think I made that mistake twice in my masters and my PhD that I was really headstrong about doing my own research project, and I managed to get funding for my own research project so that made me proud of myself. But in looking back, I realize I would have learned a lot more of what they did, and from their experiences, if was working on a project that was of more interest to them, in both cases. Because of that, I would say, for both of my advisers, I consider them friends. They were close friends, but they were not my mentors. My mentor was actually the person I was working with in the laboratory back here at ASU, and he continues to be my mentor. He's the person who I admire and turn to with all of my academic problems. It's nice if your adviser can be a mentor, but it doesn't always happen.

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