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Edited by Jennifer Sills


Describe one quality of a mentor you’ve had that you will try to emulate when you become a mentor yourself

ROBERT NEUBECKER

In her Working Life, “Paying it forward as a mentor” (3 August, p. 522), B. Abderrahman describes how a mentor’s encouragement can help shape a career. She then explains how her positive mentorship experience inspired her to mentor others. We asked young scientists to describe one quality of a mentor you’ve had that you will try to emulate when you become a mentor yourself. Respondents from around the world wrote in appreciation of their patient, honest, humble, and supportive role models.


How do broad interests benefit your science?

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We asked young scientists this question: How do broad interests benefit your science? Scientists with a variety of hobbies responded that their extracurricular activities have enhanced a wide range of skills, from creativity to communication to resilience. Many also mentioned the value of clearing their minds and relaxing.

Read their answers here.


What is the purpose of a postdoc?

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We gave young scientists this challenge: What is the purpose of a postdoc? Address this question by writing a job advertisement for the perfect postdoc position. We received responses from scientists around the world representing a variety of fields. Some wrote advertisements for their ideal postdoc job and benefits, no matter how fantastical. Others felt that the perfect postdoc position is the one that is most realistically described to job seekers.

Read their answers here.


What is your New Year’s resolution for your field?

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We asked young scientists this question: What is your New Year’s resolution for your field? Describe one thing that your field’s research community could do better in the coming year. We received responses from scientists around the world representing a variety of fields.

Read their answers here.