Asynchronous Online Training
In addition to in-person workshops offered by The Graduate School, the University of Minnesota has online modules covering important topics related to mentor professional development.
- Overview - online self-study
- Information Sheet to Access Online Self-Study (PDF)
- Online self-study for the mentors of grad students, postdocs, and junior faculty
- Online self-study for the mentors of undergrads
- Online self-study for mentors on motivating mentees (A paper documenting the development and testing of the online motivation module can be found here).
IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS @ MSU
Research Mentor Training for Graduate Student and Postdoc Mentors of Undergraduate Students
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm (register here)
Based upon an internationally recognized evidence-based mentoring training curriculum, this workshop is designed to provide participants with some of the most important skills and ideas required for high-level mentoring of undergraduate or graduate students in a research environment. This will be an ideal, in-depth professional development experience for graduate students or postdocs who will be mentoring research assistants (e.g., through NSF REU programs, SROP) over the summer months. Graduate students and postdocs will have the opportunity to come learn about (and share) best practices in mentoring research assistants. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share strategies about the most effective way to both provide students with an excellent learning experience and get their own work done.
Optimizing mentoring relationships by aligning expectations: A workshop for faculty, postdocs and graduate students.
November 8, 2019, MSU Union
The goal of this workshop is to provide a structured forum for important discussions about the role that both faculty and graduate students/Postdocs play in optimizing mentoring relationships in the research context. The workshop will be divided into both plenary and breakout sessions, allowing faculty and graduate students/Postdocs to have conversations about opportunities and challenges together, as well in separate venues (as cohorts). More information and registration is available at https://grad.msu.edu/events/optimizing-mentoring-relationships-aligning-expectations-workshop-faculty-postdocs-and
Optimizing Mentoring Relationships to Promote Diversity and Research Excellence
September 27, 110 Chittenden Hall
The Graduate School and Postdoctoral Office at MSU invite graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to gather for an extended workshop about how to optimize their research mentoring relationships. More information and registration is available at https://grad.msu.edu/events/optimizing-mentoring-relationships-promote-diversity-and-research-excellence-1.
Developing Conflict Management and Communication Skills in Research Teams
September 20, MSU Union
This is an interactive workshop that teaches communication skills and how to use them to set expectations jointly following an interest-based approach of negotiating. The workshop is free and open to all graduate students, postdocs and faculty, but registration is required. Registration is available at https://grad.msu.edu/events/developing-conflict-management-and-communication-skills-research-teams.
Optimizing Your Mentoring Relationships: Getting Off to a Good Start (part of the AAN and Graduate School's Day of Teaching and Learning)
August 26, 2019
Are you a faculty member new to mentoring graduate students and/or postdocs? Are you a graduate student and/or postdoc wanting to optimize your relationships with research mentors? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, please join Dr. Melissa McDaniels for this workshop to learn more about the importance of research mentoring, and to learn about tools that both the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation are disseminating through grant networks. Participants will learn about other opportunities this fall and winter in which they can learn more about optimizing research mentoring relationships to promote inclusion and scholarly productivity. Participants will walk away with tools they can begin using now!