The University of Maryland School Of Medicine Graduate Program in Life Sciences offers mentoring workshops for students and postdocs that would be interested in taking them. These workshops are facilitated conversations between students and postdocs on important mentoring topics that will help prepare you for future mentoring relationships as well as manage your own mentorship. Our facilitators have been trained by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research. These four-week 1.5-hour sessions are offered once every spring. Topics include:
- Introduction and Effective Communication
- Aligning Expectations and Assessing Understanding
- Addressing Equity and Inclusion
- Supporting Independence and Promoting Professional Development
The next sessions will be held in Spring 2023.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Aumiller, Director, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
Individual Development Plans
Individual Development Plans are a way to formally check in with your mentor to see how things are going and to receive feedback. They are also very useful for you to be able to see what you have accomplished and to be able to set goals with your mentor for both research and professional development. Ideally, these would be done at least every six months to a year from the start of the mentor/protégé relationship.
Multiple Mentoring Model
Multiple mentors are important for everyone! See this resource to help start setting up your multiple mentoring relationships: https://www.facultydiversity.org/ncfddmentormap
National Academies of Science Engineering and Math Podcast
This resource touches on some important mentoring topics that arise in the mentoring relationship: https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/the-science-of-effective-mentoring-in-stemm