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Dan, a blogger at Bitesize Bio, sums up five characteristics young scientists should look for in a mentor. The major one, he says, is letting students take public credit for work they did by actually getting their name on a paper or speaking at a conference. Mentors should also have a balance between letting students do their own thing and dictating what students should do. Another one he emphasizes is enthusiasm — it’s infectious.

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