Interdisciplinary Mentoring in Science

Strategies for Success


  • Ofelia Olivero, Government Senior Staff Scientist, PhD, ATS

Interdisciplinary Mentoring in Science: Strategies for Success is a practical and engaging resource on interdisciplinary mentoring in all fields of science. This book outlines what successful mentoring is, what it is not and how these important concepts relate to scientists today. Chapters include real-world examples, tips, and interviews and content is backed by current evidence and research. This reference discusses the benefits and challenges of building a mentoring relationship and highlights noteworthy topics such as mentoring minorities and women and mentoring to achieve change.


The book’s author is the recipient of the Leading Diversity Award from the National Cancer Institute.  The book includes a foreword by Julie Thompson Klein who is a Professor of Humanities in the English Department and Faculty Fellow for Interdisciplinary Development in the Division of Research at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  Dr. Klein is the past president of the Association for Integrative Studies (AIS) and former editor of the AIS journal, Issues in Integrative Studies


The goal of this book is to provide readers with a better understanding of the mentoring relationship and the overall process as it applies to the increasingly interdisciplinary field of science.

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The primary audience consists of investigators and academicians who mentor predoctoral trainees in all scientific disciplines. This book will also be useful for early career scientists and students who are looking for mentors, as well as senior researchers and current mentors who want to further develop their mentoring skills.


Book information

  • Published: October 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-415962-4


"I enjoyed reading this book and will be recommending it to others who have an interest in managing research programmes...very timely as we all are dealing with many of the issues discussed and could learn a lot more about mentorship."--South African Journal of Science, Sep-Oct-14

“…an accessible and useful text for every aspiring and practising scientist truly interested in changing the world through recognising and harnessing diversity, accomplishing scientific goals through a team approach (rather than as isolated individuals) and who has a willingness to embrace mentoring practice.”--Chemistry in Australia,July 2014

"Olivero presents this guide to mentoring in the sciences, with a focus on reciprocity of the mentoring relationship, encouraging and being sensitive to diversity, and building effective mentorship programs within institutions. Each chapter provides blank space at the end to record thoughts and additions to the material… The book ends with a short chapter of Jungian metaphors to summarize the processes emphasized,…", February 2014

Table of Contents




Chapter 1. Mentoring definition - the mentor within

Chapter 2. What mentoring is not

Chapter 3. Mentoring outreach - the multiplicative effect

Chapter 4. Mentoring minorities and women

Chapter 5. Interdisciplinary mentoring

Chapter 6. Building a mentoring program

Chapter 7. The I-Mentoring program: how to establish one

Chapter 8: In closing: mentoring and synchronicity

Appendix. The kaleidoscope effect