By Janet Rankin, Sr. Associate Director for Teaching Initiatives
I just returned from the Facilitating Entering Mentoring Workshop at the 2013 SACNAS National Conference in San Antonio, TX.
In this workshop, we discussed the content and skills needed to successfully implement research mentor training curricula. Aside from being able to learn from the experiences of workshop facilitators Christine Pfund and Stephanie House, who, together have 15+ years of experience developing and delivering programs to support mentors in the sciences. One of the most interesting and valuable aspects of the workshop was the opportunity to meet and work with faculty and administrators from a broad spectrum of colleges, universities, and institutions across the country, including: University of Chicago, Texas Tech, University of Texas, Scripps, San Francisco State, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and George Mason University. Even though the target audiences for mentoring programs vary wildly from institution to institution, many of us face similar challenges: from tailoring programs to fit diverse needs and populations, to the availability of trained mentoring workshop facilitators, to identifying and securing stable funding sources and institutional support for these programs.