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​Mentoring Relationships​ ​

Broadcast Date: December 13, 2022

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The APS Graduate Student Committee won the councilor's challenge and in our proposal, we stated that we would like to have a webinar on mentorship.

Mentorship is vital as it helps the students prepare for the future by enhancing their growth. A student who is properly mentored will have his/her confidence boosted, be able to identify opportunities, and become more competent. Not only that, it can pave the way for new experiences and network expansion. A well-mentored student will make better decisions. 

Values: Able to build healthier relationships:
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Have a better perspective on how good mentorship can bring about career and academic advancement

Learning Objectives:

  • This session will introduce how: to build an effective and healthier mentor-mentee relationship, indices that can be used to choose a mentor, and what to look for in a mentor.
  • The session will introduce how a mentor can help to achieve set goals and what it takes to be a great mentor and mentee. 
  • At the end of the session, attendees will be aware of what values they can bring as a mentee, how they can maximize opportunities for career advancement, and identify the right mentor they need. In addition, they have a better understanding of​ t​hemselves can be a good mentor. 
  • At the end of the session, attendees will be able to explain what mentoring is, the characteristics of the mentor-mentee relationship, and the benefits of a good mentor-mentee relationship.
  • Plan[t]ify is a community-forming platform where early-career professionals can discuss issues and concerns relevant to plant scientists in this vulnerable and transitory stage.​

Pre-Webinar Assignment:​

Attendees will benefit from the workshop if they complete the pre-webinar assignment. Please complete one or both of the following activities to create your ​personal mission statement:
Video workshop by Carolee Bull that walks you through building your personal mission statement.
Franklin Covey survey for building a personal mission statement.

Here are links and documents that are referenced during the webinar.
  • Slide “How to set your destination…" 
  • Slide “IDP resources"
  • Slide “finding mentors"
  • “Lessons from Plants" by Beronda L. Montgomery
  • Pfund, C., Byars-Winston, A., Branchaw, J., Hurtado, S., & Eagan, K. (2016). Defining attributes and metrics of effective research mentoring relationships. AIDS and Behavior, 20(2), 238-248.  


Dr. Carolee Bull
Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Carolee T. Bull is a Professor and Head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at Penn State and was the Inaugural Director of the Penn State Microbiome Center (2016-2022). Bull’s research focuses on translational taxonomy to manage bacterial diseases of plants and mushrooms. Bull served as the convener of the Committee on the Taxonomy of Plant Pathogenic​ Bacteria for the International Society of Plant Pathology until 2022 and serves on the Judicial Committee of the International Committee on the Systematics of Prokaryotes. Bull received the highest award for service to the US in Agriculture for her mentorship of underrepresented students in agricultural science in 2013 and is a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society in 2020.

Dr. Renee Rioux
Invaio Sciences

Dr. Renee Rioux is a native of Bar Harbor, Maine, and received her BS in Biology and MS in Botany & Plant Pathology from the University of Maine. Subsequently, she relocated to Wisconsin and completed a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at UW-Madison in 2014. Renee’s professional career has focused on the discovery & development of sustainable approaches to crop protection and plant health promotion. Currently, she leads the Plant-Microbe Assay Development team at Invaio Sciences. Her previous roles span both academia and industry, with experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Seed Potato Certification Program, Bayer, and NewLeaf Symbiotics. Renee has been active in mentoring and professional development activities with APS throughout her professional career, having served in recent years as Chair of the APS 2026 Professional Development Forum, co-creator of Careers 101 Division Workshops, and an active member of the Office of Family & Caregiver Support, Leadership Institute, and CADRE (now the Professional Development Center).