This section of the On-Line Ethics Center contains materials that focus on issues of mentoring ethics:  bibliographical entries, cases and commentaries, modules, and essays and articles on these topics.  It provides links to other related resources.  At some future date, it may also include a blog to capture thoughts, opinions, and advice on ethics and mentoring of graduate students and post-docs, especially, but not exclusively. 

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  • Mentoring and Ethical Climate of Research Bibliography

    (Web Page on this Site) Bibliography

    A listing of articles that discuss the role organizational climate plays in promoting the responsible conduct of research and the professional responsibilities of mentors.

  • A Question of Mentoring Bias

    (Web Page on this Site) Mini-case, Open-Ended Scenario

    A scenario designed to stimulate discussion about ethical aspects of the supervisor-trainee relationship and bias.

  • Mentoring (RCR Role Plays)

    (Web Page on this Site) Open-Ended Scenario

    One of nine role play scenarios developed by Michael Loui and C. K. Gunsalus. This page, on mentoring, includes the summary, resources on mentoring and interpersonal communication, and handouts to be given to various participants. The full role play instructions with discussion guidelines are included in pdf format.

  • New Faculty Guides from the Engineering Coalition of Schools for Excellence in Education and Leadership (ECSEL)

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    ECSEL is an organization that tracts the success of minorities and women in science and engineering; it also is focused on the teaching of design in its social and ethical context as applied to women and minorities.

  • Group Mentoring in Responsible Research

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    A modular sequence of materials on the responsible conduct of research that support a series of activities for student-faculty learning. These materials for the exploration of issues in the responsible conduct of research among students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and research staff are being greatly expanded under a grant from NIH/PHS (#T15 AI07592). Included here are discussion and interview questions, readings, and applicable policies and standards, including new Federal Policy on Research Misconduct and misconduct definition, and a growing collection of original scenarios that present ethical problems common in research.

  • The Chance Meeting

    (Web Page on this Site) Hypothetical Case

    This case discusses a possible conflict of interest between mentor and student and the dissemination of information within academia.

  • Confidentiality vs. Mentor Responsibilities: A Conflict of Obligations

    (Web Page on this Site) Hypothetical Case

    This case discusses the problems scientist face mentoring students, maintaining reviewer confidentiality, workplace and student-mentor relationships.

  • O, What a Tangled Web We Weave!

    (Web Page on this Site) Hypothetical Case

    This case discusses the need for clarification of what is expected of a mentor, an advisor or a supervisor to a graduate student, the differences between mentors and advisors and the need for improved communication between both parties.

  • Mentor Support?

    (Web Page on this Site) Hypothetical Case

    This case discusses issues of student-mentor relationship and it's responsibilities as it relates to advising.

  • Mentoring Vignettes: Systems Approach to Mentoring

    (Web Page on this Site)

    A listing of brief vignettes describing methods of mentoring problems and solutions. These are composites of different mentoring experiences of women. Each vignette describes a separate problem and solution that one woman or a group of women went through.

  • Identifying Special Advising Needs of Women Engineering Students (Abstract)

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    A detailed abstract of an article from the July/August 1995 issue of The Journal of College Student Development.

  • The Hardware Lab

    (Web Page on this Site) Hypothetical Case

    How does a new teaching assistant handle a student with a learning disability? What responsibility does the university and/or faculty members have to train a graduate student in the universities policies? This case explores the potential conflicts between students, TA's and faculty when policy is not clearly defined.

  • Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering

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    "This guide—intended for faculty members, teachers, administrators, and others who advise and mentor students of science and engineering—attempts to summarize features that are common to successful mentoring relationships. Its goal is to encourage mentoring habits that are in the best interests of both parties to the relationship. While this guide is meant for mentoring students in science and engineering the majority of it is widely applicable to mentoring in any field."

  • Ownership of Knowledge and Graduate Education

    (Web Page on this Site) Hypothetical Case

    This case raises issues about the responsibility of advisers to graduate students and post-docs, the responsibilities of those advised or mentored, research directors' management of power, ownership of ideas and grounds for recognition in the research group, and ease and frequency of communication.

  • The Endless Dissertation

    (Web Page on this Site) Open-Ended Scenario

    A scenario meant to stimulate discussion about the ethical issues that arise when a thesis supervisor demands significantly more work after the student thinks the draft is complete.

  • Pressure From Consulting

    (Web Page on this Site) Open-Ended Scenario

    Ethical issues that arise when a supervisor requests a student's help and the student feels as if she cannot say no.

  • Truth or Consequences

    (Web Page on this Site) Hypothetical Case

    This case discusses issues such as including proper data management and the responsibilities of authors, collaborating researchers and faculty research advisers as well as trust and honesty.

  • The Role Model Argument and Faculty Diversity (Abstract)

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    Article examines the responsibility of institutions to provide diverse faculty that will provide role models for minorities

  • The Infinite Thesis: Introduction

    (Web Page on this Site) Open-Ended Scenario

    How should a student approach a master's thesis with respect to advisor and student expectations? This student project looks at how a thesis at MIT can be drawn out due to miscommunication and hidden agendas.

  • The Final Exam

    (Web Page on this Site) Hypothetical Case

    This scenario highlights potential dilemmas encountered by postdoctoral fellows in a research setting. How should issues of possible cheating be resolved when no clear evidence supports the claim?

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