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Becoming An Effective Mentor

October 17, 2012 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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This workshop is intended for graduate students and postdocs in the natural or medical sciences that are interested in mentoring undergraduate students in scientific research.

Good mentoring can be learned! This mentoring skills workshop will offer a framework for developing a philosophy and style to guide decisions and actions in working with undergraduate students as well as a forum in which to discuss dilemmas that arise in working with those students.


During the workshop, we’ll delve into the following questions:

  • How do I design a (good) research project for an undergraduate student?
  • Why are clear expectations so important?
  • How do I establish effective communication with my student?
  • How do I know when my student is ready to be more independent?
  • My mentoring experience is going terribly, how can I fix it?
  • What is my mentoring philosophy?

Other seminar goals:

  • Discuss strategies for recruiting/screening high quality undergraduates to assist with your research
  • Write and revise your personal mentoring philosophy
  • Network with other mentors from different disciplines
  • Learn how to effectively manage your relationship with your own mentor

The workshop will meet for six weeks, at one hour per week. Participants will be expected to attend all six sessions. Snacks will be provided.

Where: 1377 Genome Sciences Building OR 202 Mary Ellen Jones
When: Wednesdays, September 12 to October 17 (6 weeks total)
What time: 4 – 5pm
Space is limited, so please register as early as possible.
Questions? Please email Justin Shaffer at



October 17, 2012
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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