Entering Mentoring

As a graduate student you probably consider yourself more mentee than mentor. There are specific skills associated with being an effective mentee, and enhancing these skills can also help you to begin to develop as a future mentor. We are not usually explicitly taught to be either a mentee or a mentor; the purpose of this 6-week training program, designed by the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching, is to help you become the most effective mentee possible, and also to begin to develop your own mentoring skills so you will ultimately be prepared to provide guidance and direction to those following in your footsteps. While this mini-course is restricted to graduate students, postdocs should keep an eye on the BSD Postdoctoral Association website and newsletter for announcement of future offerings of Entering Mentoring.
Course capacity: 8
Course fee: $10

Dates & Times

April 20: Introductions | Maintaining Effective Communication
April 27: Aligning Expectations
May 4: Assessing Understanding
May 11: Addressing Equity and Inclusion
May 25: Fostering Independence
June 1: Promoting Professional Development
11:30 am – 1 pm Lunch will be provided at each session.


Kiki Zissimopoulos, PhD Associate Director, Chicago Center for Teaching, University of Chicago
Nancy Schwartz, PhD Dean and Director Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago
Eric Beyer, MD, PhD Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago
Lisa Abston-Leftridge, PhD Director of Graduate Diversity Recruitment Initiatives
Erin Heckler, PhD Postdoctoral Affairs Administrator, University of Chicago Biological Science Division

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