Professional Development Workshop—Research Mentor Training

Sunday, November 26
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sheraton, 5th Floor, Public Garden

Anne Lynn Gillian-DanielAnne Lynn Gillian-Daniel, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Research Mentor Training

Mentoring is a collaborative learning relationship that proceeds through purposeful stages over time and has the primary goal of helping mentees gain the skills and knowledge they need to move on in their chosen careers. Research has shown that effective mentoring is linked to enhanced productivity, self-efficacy, career satisfaction, and is an important predictor of academic success.  However, many mentors receive little to no training on how to effectively mentor in research environments.

The Research Mentor Training workshop is designed to help research mentors maximize the effectiveness of their mentoring relationships. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to discuss mentoring challenges with their peers and share best practices in mentoring. They will also explore how to effectively communicate with their mentees, align research project and program experience expectations, mentor people from diverse backgrounds and determine whether mentees understand their own research projects.

Topics/competencies the workshop will cover are maintaining effective communication, aligning  expectations, addressing equity and inclusion and assessing understanding.


Preregistration is required to participate in the workshop; space is limited. Drop-ins are welcome, but encouraged to check for availability at the location of the workshop between 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm on Sunday. Please reserve your space by the deadline of November 17.

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Cancellation Policy
In the event that you reserve a space and do not attend the workshop, you will be charged a no-show fee of $50. Cancellation requests must be sent to smiley@mrs.org by November 17 to avoid the fee. Your advance cancellation makes space for another attendee. Thanks!


About Anne Lynn Gillian-Daniel

Anne Lynn Gillian-Daniel is the Director of Education and Outreach for the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (UW-MRSEC) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has been an NRMN Master Facilitator since 2015. As part of her position in the MRSEC, Gillian-Daniel works to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in materials science and engineering and to help early career researchers improve their understanding of issues around equity and inclusion. Gillian-Daniel has facilitated research mentor training for graduate students and postdocs interested in mentoring undergraduate students. She has also led mentor training and train-the-trainer workshops at universities and at professional meetings nationally.