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Entering Mentoring

Certificate of Completion

Now, more than ever, students engaged in research expect to receive effective mentoring as a part of their entry into the scholarly community. The Entering Mentoring training is an evidence-based, interactive approach to becoming an effective mentor that will help develop the skills for engaging in productive, culturally responsive mentoring relationships, relationships that optimize success for the mentor and the mentee.

Entering Mentoring accelerates the process of becoming an effective mentor by introducing a framework for mentoring, providing opportunities to experiment with different methods of mentoring, and a forum for peer-to-peer problem solving. This allows new and experienced mentors alike to benefit from each other’s perspectives as well as extended reflection on fundamental principles of mentoring. By the conclusion of training, mentors will be able to articulate a personal style and philosophy of mentoring and develop a set of strategies they can use to engage with challenging mentoring situations.

Entering Mentoring training, based on the work done by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) at the University of Wisconsin, has been shown to be effective in increasing mentor knowledge, skills, and behavior. Furthermore, the emphasis on culturally sensitive interactions between mentors and mentees can help historically underrepresented groups successfully progress in their own careers and, in turn, become successful mentors and leaders in their own right. The Entering Mentoring curriculum addresses the NIGMS and NIH guidelines for the preparation of mentors who are involved with training grants.

Program Requirements:

Faculty, instructors, and graduate assistants who wish to earn the Certificate of Completion must complete two (2) required workshops and four (4) elective workshops within three (3) major semesters.

* Highlighted Workshops are being offered Spring 2021

Required Workshops: 

Entering Mentoring: Introduction to Mentor Training
Entering Mentoring: Articulating your Mentoring Philosophy and Plan

Elective Workshops: 

Entering Mentoring: Addressing Equity and Inclusion
Entering Mentoring: Aligning Expectations
Entering Mentoring: Assessing Understanding
Entering Mentoring: Cultivating Ethical Behavior
Entering Mentoring: Fostering Independence
Entering Mentoring: Maintaining Effective Communication
Entering Mentoring: Promoting Professional Development

Introduction to Mentor Training should be completed at the beginning of your sequence as it provides the foundation for the entire curriculum; likewise, Articulating your Mentoring Philosophy should be completed at the end, as it serves as an summation of the entire curriculum and training experience. Other workshops can be completed in any other sequence.

Individuals who successfully complete Entering Mentoring will receive a Certificate of Completion and a digital badge which can be added to the trained Mentor’s personal website.

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