Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 427–440 | Cite as

A Model for Progressive Mentoring in Science and Engineering Education and Research

  • Kimberly A. Santora
  • Emanuel J. Mason
  • Thomas C. Sheahan


Mentoring is useful in career development for the sciences and professions due to the cultures, skill sets, and experience-based learning in these fields. A framework for mentoring based on observations and data gathered as part of an international research and education project is presented. Students with multiple levels of experience and background were placed with researchers resulting in an effective progressive mentoring structure. The article focuses on students’ and mentors’ experiences. The model is discussed in terms of the Zone of Proximal Development of Vygotsky.


Mentoring Career preparation Professional culture Professional training Professional supervision 



This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0530151. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberly A. Santora
    • 1
    • 2
  • Emanuel J. Mason
    • 1
    • 2
  • Thomas C. Sheahan
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Bouvé College of Health SciencesNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA
  3. 3.College of EngineeringNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA

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