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Research Mentee Training2018-10-01T18:24:17-04:00

Research Mentee Training

Mentees need to develop skills to effectively work with their mentors and navigate the research environment. Research mentee training is a proven, structured approach to help mentees develop these skills.

This training is led by local program directors (and others working with trainees) for undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty across STEMM disciplines.

NRMN offers evidence-based curricular resources designed to empower mentees at different career stages to excel in their research training experiences and engage in productive, mutually beneficial relationships with their research mentors.

The curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students, called Entering Research, introduces students to the culture of research and teaches them skills for successfully navigating their mentoring relationships. The curriculum for postdoctoral researchers and junior faculty integrates topics from Entering Research and Entering Mentoring to develop "mentoring up" skills. You can read more about the development of these training materials here.

These curricula address important topics and concepts in key areas of trainee development by creating learning communities and engaging trainees in activities, assignments, case studies, and facilitated discussions. Themes include:

  • Research Communication & Comprehension Skills
  • Practical Research Skills
  • Research Ethics
  • Researcher Identity
  • Researcher Confidence & Independence
  • Equity & Inclusion Awareness & Skills
  • Professional & Career Development Skills
  • Mentoring Skills (for advanced graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty)

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We offer consultations to help you design local implementation plans and navigate challenges unique to your institution or organization. To request a consultation, please complete this online form:

Now in its second edition, Entering Research has been tested extensively with undergraduate and graduate trainees across the country. Articles reporting on the effectiveness of the revised curriculum are currently in preparation and will be available soon.

Council on Undergraduate Research is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students. Their website includes resources for undergraduate students including research opportunities, presentation opportunities, undergraduate research journals, student events, and more.

National Postdoc Association is an educational non-profit organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. They advocate for policies that promote positive change, develop and provide resources that postdocs and administrators need for success, and provide opportunities for the postdoctoral community to connect.

NIH Resources for Recent Graduates is a collection of resources for recent high school and college graduates interested in working at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NRMN Career Development Webinars is a collection of webinars on topics such as the PhD application process, crafting a personal statement, and writing an NIH grant. These webinars are relevant to trainees across the career trajectory, from undergraduate students to junior faculty.

NRMN Health Research Talks is a series of 8 videos designed for junior faculty planning research careers as independent investigators in fields related to community-based health and health disparities.

NRMN MyMentor is a four-month Guided Virtual Mentorship Program where mentors and mentees are matched based on compatibility and communicate weekly. NRMN provides suggested topics to guide discussion.

Phases of the Mentoring Relationship is a selection of mentee resources curated by the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Resources are categorized by the four phases of a mentoring relationship: selection, alignment, cultivation, and closure.

Selected references from NRMN team members:

Facilitating Entering Research is a workshop for leaders of research training programs (undergraduate or graduate) who want to build and deliver a customized workshop or course for their research trainees, drawing on materials from the evidence-based curriculum Entering Research.

During this two-day workshop, research training program leaders are introduced to the Entering Research curriculum, which has nearly 100 activities that address 7 areas of trainee development: research communication & comprehension skills; practical research skills; research ethics; researcher identity; researcher confidence & independence; equity & inclusion awareness & skills; and professional & career development skills.

Workshop participants learn evidence-based approaches to implementing mentee training and gain the knowledge, confidence, and facilitation skills they need to design and implement a custom training at their institution or organization.

Two Facilitating Entering Research workshops are planned for October 25-26, 2018 and February 7-8, 2019. To learn more about these offerings, including application instructions, visit our workshop website.

Entering Research Master Consultants are also available to come to your institution or organization and conduct Facilitating Entering Research workshops for groups of program directors. To request a facilitator training workshop at your institution or organization, please complete this online form:

We offer consultations to help you design local implementation plans and navigate challenges unique to your institution or organization. To request a consultation, please complete this online form:

Since launching in Fall 2017, Facilitating Entering Research has trained 55 facilitators from 33 institutions.

Branchaw Research Group, housed in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, conducts research on the Entering Research curriculum and on trainees’ mentored research experiences. Learn more about these research efforts and get involved by visiting our website (coming soon).

Entering Research electronic curricular materials and resources can be downloaded free of charge at the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER).

MyNRMN Group “Facilitators of Entering Research (Mentee Training)" is an online community for instructors and program directors of undergraduate and graduate research training programs who are interested in or already using the Entering Research mentee training curricular materials and resources. Individuals are invited to join this group to learn more about the curriculum (including updates about the release of the new version and facilitator training opportunities), seek implementation advice, and share best practices in supporting research trainee development generally.

Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE) developed the Entering Research curriculum. Facilitators and program directors can learn more about the curriculum, including recent research and publications, and access additional tools and resources to support their implementations.

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