One of the side projects to which I have gotten myself committed is nominating one of my committee members for an outstanding graduate mentor award. It is a university-wide award, comes with a pretty sizeable chunk of cash, and thus has a fair amount of work necessary to put together the nomination packet. I think I should be committed if I take on any more projects before I finish my PhD.
But in putting together this packet, I have gotten to thinking about what characteristics make a good mentor (advisor, committee member, role model, sounding board) for graduate students. I feel like I know good mentoring when I see it, but trying to define exactly what this person does so well is hard to articulate. So I wanted to put it to my readers:
What makes a good mentor for graduate students?
Are there different characteristics of good mentorship for MS and PhD students?