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Djin Tay

Title: Assistant Professor
College: Nursing
Mentoring Philosophy:

Dr. Tay's research focuses on the implications of emerging treatments on caregiving, decision making, palliative care, and end-of-life in the context of the family. She leads the development of the Immunotherapy, Palliative, End-of-Life Treatment Utilization and Spousal Outcomes (ImmPETUS) cohort, a population-based cohort of Utah cancer patients diagnosed between 2013-2019 with lung, colorectal, breast, melanoma, bladder, and head and neck cancers.

"As a mentor, I strongly believe that research training is not only about learning the processes involved in conducting methodologically sound research, but also involves being immersed in a culture of research, in which a trainee learns about how interdisciplinary teams function, roles of the research team, and are offered opportunities to learn by doing.

In my research mentorship, I believe in affirming and supporting the unique learning and communication needs of students of racial and ethnically minoritized, underrepresented, and diverse backgrounds and abilities. I endeavor to provide timely and responsive formative and summative feedback to support these learning objectives through a culture of psychological safety, respect, and trust. I encourage student involvement in the dissemination process and support abstract or manuscript development and submissions. The specific mentoring activities I commit to are:

  1. I will meet with the student weekly to monitor and assess needs and progress, set goals, and oversee tasks throughout the course of the program, except for those that fall on breaks or holidays.
  2. I will attend the programmatic meetings required by the SPUR program.
  3. I will connect the student to statistical and informatics experts to conduct the research activities
  4. I will support the student in presenting their work at the SPUR symposium and Undergraduate Research Journal and support any fees associated with these activities, or presentations or manuscripts outside of these two venues related to the project. Continued involvement in the research will be supported pending performance."