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- Develop a training plan for your Fellow, including the areas of participation in the project, attendance in meetings, conferences, special courses, etc.
- Clearly define the activities in which your Fellow will be involved. Let your Fellow know your expectations for progress, professional behavior, compliance, attendance, etc.
- Assist your Fellow in getting settled at your site and in becoming a productive member of your community.
- Provide the appropriate materials, equipment, safety training, technical and clerical support, and office space for your Fellow to conduct the project.
- Provide ongoing technical guidance and advice.
- Be accessible.
- Periodically review the status of your Fellow's activities and give appropriate feedback.
- Approve appropriate absences by your Fellow.
- Make sure that ORISE is immediately informed if a stipend payment needs to be adjusted due to an adjusted schedule, an unpaid absence, or an early termination.
- Immediately involve ORISE if your Fellow demonstrates an inability to function effectively within your environment.
- Immediately involve ORISE if any concerning incidents occur or if your Fellow registers a serious concern.
Mentors should NOT:
- Consider your Fellow an employee for any purpose. Fellows receive no salary or fringe benefits, but receive a stipend during their educational experience.
- Consider your Fellow to be performing work.
- Consider them as rendering advisory or personal services.
- Consider them as providing expert advice.
- Consider the appointment as a commitment to future employment by MLEF or others.
- Consider the appointment as dependent upon the performance of any specific work or the delivery of a product.
- Assign program management authority, signature authority, or official job titles to your Fellow