Visions by WIMIN: Global Mentorship to Retain Underrepresented Trainees

Kimberly J. Edwards, Eman Akam, Jenny N. Ijoma, Kyeara N. Mack, Patricia M.R. Pereira, Savita Dhanvantari, Hang T. Ta, Xiaowei Wang, Karen Alt, Kelly E. Henry

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Mentorship is a fundamental aspect that contributes to the success of a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), particularly in academia. Research suggests that underrepresented minorities (URMs) often experience less quality mentorship and face barriers to finding successful mentor–mentee relationships. URM trainees in STEM face challenges that are not encountered by their majority peers or mentors, adding another level of complexity to establishing important relationships. Mentors of URM trainees must therefore mentor beyond general scientific training and tailor their mentorship to be more culturally appropriate and inclusive, allowing URM trainees to bring their whole selves to the table and leading to their effective socialization. Herein, we present the perspectives of group leaders and trainees from around the globe to highlight key aspects of creating successful mentor–mentee relationships that are sustainable and productive for both parties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-525
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular Imaging and Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2022


  • Mentee
  • Mentor
  • Mentorship
  • Trainee
  • URM


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