Interdisciplinary Mentoring in Science

Interdisciplinary Mentoring in Science

Strategies for Success

1st Edition - October 3, 2013

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  • Author: Ofelia Olivero
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123914149
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124159624

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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.

Key Features

  • Highlights mistaken beliefs about mentoring within a scientific environment
  • Written in a conversational tone and supported by evidence-based research
  • Focuses on interdisciplinary mentoring in science and the modern dynamic of science and new scientific approaches to complex approaches
  • Includes note sections where readers can write down key topics or ideas from each chapter


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.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication




    Chapter 1. Mentoring Definition–The Mentor Within

    Definition of Mentoring

    The Mentor Within


    What the Experts Have To Say

    Chapter Notes and Observations

    Chapter 2. What Mentoring Is Not

    A Vertical Relationship

    A Supervision Relationship

    An Uneven Relationship

    An Imposed Relationship

    A Relationship Based on “Personal Agendas”

    A Relationship with Time Constraints

    What the Experts Have To Say

    Chapter Notes and Observations

    Chapter 3. Mentoring Outreach–The Multiplicative Effect

    The Power of Gratitude–Exercise


    A Word of Caution


    What the Experts Have To Say

    Chapter Notes and Observations

    Chapter 4. Mentoring Minorities and Women

    Why Diversity?

    Example of Imposed Diversity in the Workforce

    Cultural Mix

    Leadership and Embracing of Diversity


    Mentoring Women

    Mentoring Minorities

    What the Experts Have To Say

    Chapter Notes and Observations

    Chapter 5. Interdisciplinary Mentoring


    Team Science Applied to the Biomedical Sciences

    The Interdisciplinary Mentoring (I-Mentoring) Pilot Initiative



    Hypothetical Example

    I-Mentor Training

    One More Role for the I-Mentor


    Feedback About Feedback

    Data Analysis and Interpretation

    Aim for This

    What the Experts Have To Say

    Chapter Notes and Observations

    Chapter 6. Building a Mentoring Program

    How to Organize a Mentoring Group

    Remember That You are Dealing with Scientists

    Mentoring Group–Modus Operandi

    Learn When To Close

    What the Experts Have To Say

    Chapter Notes and Observations

    Chapter 7. The I-Mentoring Program: How to Establish One


    A Word of Caution


    What is a Mentoring Group?

    Do You Have Buy-in?

    Examples of Mentoring Groups

    The I-Mentoring Program

    Chapter Notes and Observations

    Chapter 8. In Closing: Mentoring and Synchronicity

    Morphic Fields and Morphic Resonance

    The Practice of Mentoring under the Scope of Morphic Resonance

    The Role of the I-Mentor under the Influence of Morphic Resonance

    Appendix. The Kaleidoscope Effect



Product details

  • No. of pages: 200
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: October 3, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123914149
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124159624

About the Author

Ofelia Olivero

Ofelia Olivero
Dr. Ofelia Olivero is both a talented scientist and a passionate mentor. She has been extensively recognized for her scientific work, repeatedly invited as a lecturer and symposia chair, and has given numerous talks at many national and international meetings. Dr. Olivero has been part of editorial boards of national and international scientific journals. She has written book chapters, engaged in outstanding leadership activities and received several awards from scientific organizations.

Dr. Olivero has been particularly awarded for Leading Diversity by the NCI Director and is also the Chair of the Mentoring Programs at scientific societies. Her dedication to empower and inspire young females to choose scientific careers was recognized by the US State Department in her selection to be part of a delegation of female scientists to visit Brazil and Colombia to favor the participation of women in science. She is the author and co-author of more than 70 scientific articles on carcinogenesis induced by antiretrovirals, commonly used for AIDS therapy and other toxicities derived from environmental mutagens.

Dr. Olivero is a role model as a scientist and a mentor, and a very inspirational figure for young mentees.

Affiliations and Expertise

Government Senior Staff Scientist, PhD, ATS

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