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Jing Tang

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Mentoring Plan for PhD Students

Communication and Meetings

How would you describe your advising style? Does your approach vary over the course of a student's progress within their degree?

I will customise to mentor my students according to their personality and knowledge. 

What is the best way/technology for students to contact you? Are there time frames in which students should expect to hear from you?

Email. They can email me at any time. 

How often do you plan to meet with students one-on-one (be as specific as possible, it's okay to describe multiple styles that may vary with student needs)? Is an agenda required? How long are meetings?

At least one by one every week for one hour

Do you have regular group meetings? What does student participation look like in a group meeting?

Yes. We have weekly group meetings and subgroup meetings. 

Research and Teaching Expectations

Describe your students' primary area(s) of responsibility and expectations (e.g., reading peer-reviewed literature, in-lab working hours, etc.).

Routine reading peer-reviewed literature and working hours

How do you decide authorship and/or authorship order?

According to their contribution

Do you ask students in your group to serve as a GSI over the course of their program?


Do you have general expectations for graduation?


Are you supportive of your students going on internships? If so, is there a time of year that is best? How many internships can they do?

Yes. Case by case

Opportunities for Feedback

How do you provide students with feedback regarding overall progress, research activities, etc.?

One by one meeting

How far in advance of a deadline should a student expect to provide written work for feedback, such as publication drafts?

Case by Case

How do you solicit feedback from your students?

One by one meeting 

Conference Attendance

Which meetings do your students generally attend? What funding is available to attend these meetings?


Time Away from Campus

Discuss expectations regarding vacations and time away from campus and how best to plan for them. What is the time-frame for notification regarding anticipated absences?

Email, Case by Case

Are there specific standard times that students in your group generally take vacation?


What do you do to facilitate students taking time off (e.g., do you proactively encourage people to take vacation after major deadlines)?

It depends on my students

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