Effective mentoring of graduate students is perhaps the most important responsibility of GSBS faculty members. Strong and sustained mentoring has been linked to research productivity, wellness and career success. As a continued commitment to providing the best graduate education environment for our students, we are launching a virtual form of our Mentoring Works! mentor training program.
Mentoring Works! is modeled on an evidence-based approach to mentor training developed by the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at The University of Wisconsin. The goal of these workshops is to enhance mentoring skills of faculty in the biomedical sciences through facilitated peer-to peer discussions. All GSBS faculty are required to take Mentoring Works! by December 2022.
Below are the dates of the upcoming Mentoring Works! sessions with links to the registration.
- Thursday, February 18, Noon-5:00PM
- Wednesday, March 24, 9:00AM-2:00PM
- Wednesday, April 21, Noon-5:00PM
- Thursday, May 27, 9:00AM-2:00PM
- Wednesday, June 16, Noon-5:00PM
These workshops will be highly interactive and dependent on faculty participation through peer-to-peer discussions. The workshops will be facilitated by members of the dean's office and GSBS faculty volunteers who are experienced mentors and have completed mentor training. Each virtual workshop will be held over a five hour period with breaks.
Topics covered will include:
- Effective Communication
- Aligning Expectations
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Fostering Professionalism
Frequently Asked Questions:
I've already taken Mentoring Works!. Do I have to take it again?
If you’ve already completed Mentoring Works! at GSBS you do not have to take again at the present time. However, in the future we plan to develop refresher workshops of Mentoring Works! that will address new topics.
I've taken the GCC/Rice version of this training. Do I need to take Mentoring Works!?
The GCC/Rice workshop does meet the same goals as Mentoring Works! and is sufficient to waive the Mentoring Works! requirement as long as you have taken this course within the past 5 years. Please send Kristina Fern your certificate of completion as verification.