STEMskiller: Skill Set Map for Mentors of Early Career Researchers


In general

Research and scholarship are essential to the scientific endeavor. Scholarship is here defined, generally, as knowledge acquired by study and, particularly, as the academic attainments (achievements/accomplishments) of a scholar, such as the academic skills, knowledge, qualities, methods, and outcomes (i.e., publications, discoveries, inventions, scientific and teaching contributions, influences, integrity, legacies, and so on).

Early career researchers often come to mentors with varying levels of competency in these areas. The annotated resources in this section provide mentors with high-quality content they can use in their work with mentees.

Useful Research and scholarship general resources:

American Association for the Advancement of Science. (2019). myIDP ScienceCareers individual development plan.

Mentors can have mentees use this self-guided planning tool in order to evaluate their long-term career plans, make a plan for improving their skills, and to generate a report for mentors and/or create a certificate that mentors can keep on file for each mentee and review at intervals to track progress. Login required to generate customized plans.

National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. (2009). On being a scientist: A guide to responsible conduct in research: Third edition. The National Academies Press.

Freely available textbook (PDF or read online) that “describes the ethical foundations of scientific practices and some of the personal and professional issues that researchers encounter in their work. It applies to all forms of research—whether in academic, industrial, or governmental settings—and to all scientific disciplines.” Includes content that can be used for individual reading and/or group discussion as well as a case study discussion guide and “Additional Resources” (use the online Table of Contents to navigate sections).

TUM Graduate School, Technical University of Munich. (2020). Exclusive course program: winter semester 2020.

PDF outlining key competencies for doctoral students, both those who wish to aim for academic careers and those pursuing research careers outside academia. While the courses listed are those taking place at TUM, universities creating similar programs can easily use this chart as a model for developing their own comprehensive early career researcher support programs.

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Last Updated: October 21, 2021


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