One of the most important aspects of working with graduate students relates to the question of how to mentor them most effectively. At its most basic level, this mentoring needs to take into account an individual student’s goals, needs, strengths, and areas for improvement. Practically speaking, graduate students look to faculty mentors for professional support in a variety of ways–everything from feedback on articles, theses, and dissertations, to networking at conferences, to job market advice and beyond.
In terms of mentoring resources, the College of Science has put together some best practices for GTA training (PDF). For tips on working with a student who is writing her/his thesis or dissertation, please see the statement on Thesis Advisor Best Practices (PDF), which was developed by the offices of the Associate Provost of Faculty Development, the Associate Provost of Graduate Education, and the Ombudsperson.