The mentoring program is an opportunity for the students to interact and rely on scientists that are not directly involved in their PhD work, to obtain an objective analysis of their performance and personal growth. During their PhD, the students meet once a year with the committee. Before the meeting. the student and PIs independently answer a confidential questionnaire designed to detect possible misalignments in their professional expectations, progress, or relationship. The committee analyses the answers and, after meeting with both PI and students separately, suggests recommendations to improve the quality of their performance and professional relationship.