Research Mentor Training

Strong mentorship has been linked to enhanced mentee productivity, self-efficacy, and career satisfaction, and it is also an important predictor of the academic success of scientists in training. Despite this, mentoring is typically learned by example, trial and error, and peer observation. To address this lack of training, the mentor training curricula Entering Mentoring was developed, implemented, and tested to improve the effectiveness of mentors working with undergraduate researchers. Mentors who engage in this training learn to effectively establish expectations, consider issues of human diversity, and develop a reflective approach to mentoring.

Over the past years, teams have adapted the Entering Mentoring curriculum to use with research mentors of undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and junior faculty across the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, as well as the social sciences, medicine, and public health. All of these curricula are available online at the Research Mentor Training Web site and via UW's Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Web site. The UW ICTR site also contains resources for mentors and mentees.

The Delta Program, in partnership with several programs such as the Institute for Biology Education, helps mentors at UW–Madison and across the CIRTL Network to provide their mentees with a productive research experience and improve overall research productivity by offering research mentor training based on Entering Mentoring. The Delta Program offers the Research Mentor Training seminar each semester (see Courses and Programs for current offerings). Delta staff also offer departmental workshops designed for graduates-through-faculty upon request.