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Age Gap Really Does Matter
June 2, 2010
A Northwestern University study of mentor-protégé relationships has found that the generation gap is real and it matters. The researchers analyzed a "family tree" of mathematicians and the doctoral students they advised and found very successful academics do a good job mentoring students during the first third of their careers, but they do a bad job during the last third of their careers.
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