Trainees have both the right and responsibility to be certain they are adequately supervised during their research training, and that the research is performed in a way consistent with the responsible conduct of science.
Research mentors and their trainees require regular contact to assure optimal conduct of research. At least one senior faculty member should supervise all individuals in a laboratory who are not independent investigators.
If more than one mentor is supervising a trainee, one of the mentors should be designated as having overall responsibility. Mentors should commit themselves to spend the time required for adequate supervision.
The ratio of trainees to mentors should be small enough to allow for close and frequent interactions concerning all aspects of research undertaken by a trainee or junior investigator, including the planning and design, data interpretation and preparation of reports.