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STEMulating Conversations with Dr. Q

Jul 26, 2017

Dr. Beronda Montgomery is a plant scientist by training, and leverages her technical expertise to advance a professional development area that she is truly passionate.  She masterfully uses the analogy of plant care and maintenance to illustrate the importance that a nurturing environment plays in mentoring. She has written extensively on the topic of mentoring, particularly within the STEM community and has been recognized for her work in this area.

Follow her on Twitter @BerondaM for STEMulating and thoughtful tips on mentoring.

Articles written by Dr. Montgomery about mentoring:

Montgomery, BL. (2017). Mapping a Mentoring Roadmap and Developing a Supportive Network for Strategic Career Advancement. SAGE Open 7(2),

Montgomery, BL (2017). Three Sisters and Integrative Faculty Development. Plant Science Bulletin, 63(3): 78–85,

Montgomery, BL (2017). Growing from adviser to mentor. MSUToday,

Montgomery, BL, Colon-Carmona, A (2016). Cultivating Evidenced-Based Mentoring and Training to Enhance Diversity in STEM, ASPB News, 43(2): 5.

Montgomery, BL (2016). Evidence-based Training and Mentoring Practices: Practical Implications for Improving Diversity in STEM Education and Training, ASBMB Today, 15(2): 31.

Whittaker, JA, Montgomery, BL, Martinez Acosta, VG. (2015). Retention of Underrepresented Minority Faculty: Strategic Initiatives for Institutional Value Proposition Based on Perspectives from a Range of Academic Institutions. The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education 13(3),

Montgomery, BL, Dodson, JE, Johnson, SM. (2014). Guiding the Way: Mentoring Graduate Students and Junior Faculty for Sustainable Academic Careers. SAGE Open 4(4),

Whittaker, JA, Montgomery, BL (2014). Cultivating Institutional Transformation and Sustainable STEM Diversity in Higher Education through Integrative Faculty Development. Innovative Higher Education, 39(4),

Whittaker, JA, Montgomery, BL (2012). Cultivating Diversity and Competency in STEM: Challenges and Remedies for Removing Virtual Barriers to Constructing Diverse Higher Education Communities of Success. The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 11(1),

Dodson, JE, Montgomery, BL, Brown LJ (2009). ‘Take the Fifth’: Mentoring Students Whose Cultural Communities Were Not Historically Structured Into U.S. Higher Education. Innovative Higher Education 34(3),

Additional mentoring resources:

Mentoring Resources via Becky Packard (@BeckyPackard) –

National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) –

MentorNet (@MentorNetTweet) –

Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning (journal) –