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Jan 26 • 8:15 am - 1:30 pm

Research Mentoring Workshop


This workshop is for faculty, PhD students and postdocs who are actively mentoring students in research or who are interested in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, or postdocs in research. It was developed by Christine Pfund, Researcher at Wisconsin Center for Education Research and Jo Handelsman, Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University. Mentors participating in this 5 hour workshop will experience a process-based approach to mentor training as active participants. The Mentor Training Workshop will focus on the following competencies:

  • Maintaining Effective Communication
  • Establishing Expectations
  • Assessing Understanding
  • Addressing Equity and Inclusion

Strong mentorship has been linked to:

  • Enhanced self-efficacy (Bland et al., 2009; Cho et al., 2011; Feldman et al., 2010; Garman et al., 2001; Palepu et al., 1998)
  • Persistence (Sambunjak et al., 2010; Gloria et al., 2001; Solorzano 1993)
  • Research productivity (Steiner et al., 2002; Wingard et al., 2004)
  • Higher career satisfaction (Schapira et al., 1992; Beech et al., 2013)
  • Enhanced recruitment of URMs (Hathaway et al., 2002; Nagda et al., 1998)

We also know that grants such as the NIH T32, HHMI Inclusive Excellence, NSF research and REU proposals (just to name a few) require faculty to articulate and demonstrate that systematic mentoring is on-going and embedded at the university, both for graduate and undergraduate students. The workshop is a process that will improve our individual and collective mentoring skills and build community at Northeastern.

To reserve your place, please register here: (password: NE2018).  As part of our partnership with NRMN we are using their registration site and evaluation survey.  As a result, you will need to create an NRMN profile before you can register for the mentoring workshop.  Enrollment is limited to 24 people. The workshop will take place on the Northeastern University campus.


·  Bruce Birren, Director of the Genomic Center for Infectious Diseases, Broad Institute

·  Beth Jakob, Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, UMass Amherst

·  Carla Mattos, Professor of Chemistry, Northeastern University

·  Jan Rinehart, Executive Director ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development, Northeastern University


  • ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development
  • National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)
  • Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
  • NU-SCI, supported by a grant from HHMI