Avery Russell, Ph.D., says he views his role managing a lab at Missouri State University as that of a mentor to his students. “I want my mentees to leave the lab with skills that suit their particular professional interests and to know how to navigate academia. I also want mentees to develop core principles that hopefully make us better people,” he says. Here, Russell Lab members pause for a photo on a kayaking trip. Pictured left to right are (front row) Abilene Mosher and Maggie Mayberry and (back row) Russell, Parker Campbell, and Steph Sanders.