THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TRUST IN MENTOR AND CAREER SATISFACTION IN THE EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES
A total of 121 undergraduate students and 71 graduate students completed surveys at a research booth set up in a conference exhibit hall during an annual professional meeting held in 2014. Respondents were asked questions pertaining to trust in their academic mentor, their sense of belonging, and their career satisfaction within ESS as well as demographic questions. Statistical analyses of the data yield several significant findings: 1) members of URG consistently reported significantly lower levels of sense of belonging than their non-URG peers; 2) women reported significantly lower levels of career satisfaction than men; and 3) hierarchical linear regression yields a model in which 38.1% of the variance in career satisfaction can be explained by trust in mentor, sense of belonging and academic status. We argue that more attention is needed on the substance of mentoring relationships. We cannot assume that providing mentors to students is enough, but rather we must also provide training that helps mentors and students develop trusting relationships.