Undergraduate Research Mentor Development Program

Thank you for your interest in the URMDP!

URMDP is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19 constraints.   The program will resume in Spring 2021.  Registration will open November 13, 2020. If you’d like to receive information about registration for future programs, please add your information to our list.

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Program Purpose

The purpose of the Undergraduate Research Mentor Development Program is to increase the capacity of the University of Utah to provide high-quality research mentors for undergraduate students. Participation in the program is available to University of Utah graduate students, post-docs, and faculty. Upon successful completion of the program, graduate students and post-docs will be eligible to serve in the place of ‘faculty mentors’ in the context of the Office of Undergraduate Research’s funding programs.

The program is designed to prepare participants to provide high-quality mentoring to undergraduate student researchers. The program involves “modules” presented in online course format, in addition to five in-person meetings, with a total time commitment by participants of 10-15 hours over the course of a semester. The in-person meetings use case studies to demonstrate issues that may arise in mentor-mentee relationships, and are intended to facilitate conversation and provide an opportunity for participants to work through problems collaboratively. Topics covered by the online modules and the case studies are organized around core mentor training competencies grounded in academic research (e.g. Pfund et al. 2013) and modified based on participant feedback and facilitator expertise. These competencies include:

  1. maintaining effective communication
  2. aligning expectations
  3. assessing understanding
  4. fostering independence
  5. cultivating academic literacies
  6. research and mentoring ethics
  7. promoting professional development.

Throughout the program, we will develop our capacities to mentor the diverse undergraduate researchers with whom we work.

Eligibility & Registration

  •  Eligibility:
    • Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars: open to University of Utah Master’s and Doctoral-level graduate students and University of Utah postdoctoral scholars
    • Faculty: open to University of Utah tenure-line and career-line faculty
  • Registration:
    • Registration for the Spring 2021 program is capped at 60 (30 per section; we are offering 2 sections).
    • Registration will open November 13 and will close when space is filled.
    • You will be asked to provide background information and describe your interest in the program.
    • Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars: Registration for the Spring 2021 URMDP will open November 13. If you’d like to receive information about registration for future programs, please add your information to our waitlist.
    • Faculty: Registration for the Spring 2021 URMDP will open November 13. If you’d like to receive information about registration for future programs, please add your information to our waitlist.
      • Please note: The Program is designed to be readily “scaled up”, in that the content is presented via Canvas, and the in-person meetings involve discussion of case studies facilitated by a faculty member who is an experienced mentor to undergraduate student researchers. In future semesters, it is our plan to select faculty fellows from among the faculty who have previously participated in the program, each serving 25-30 participants. Before you register, please consider if you would be willing to serve as a faculty fellow during the 2021-2022 academic year. It would involve monitoring the Canvas site (content is already provided), providing feedback to participants on their written mentoring philosophies, and facilitating the five in-person meetings (discussion of mentoring case studies) in both Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. We want to make sure that we maximize the number of potential future fellows among the 2021-2022 faculty participants.

Program Structure

  • Six online (Canvas) modules plus five in-person discussion sessions
  • NOTE: For the purpose of postdoctoral researchers and graduate students who are participating in order to serve as UROP mentors, successful completion of the Mentor Development Program is defined as follows: Completing all Canvas modules by their deadlines and attending at least four of the five in-person sessions. Those who successfully complete the Mentor Development Program during the Spring 2021 semester are eligible to serve as Summer 2021 UROP mentors (student deadline in March 2021).
  • Required work is due prior to the beginning of the associated in-person meeting.

Mentoring Modules

We are pleased to offer two sections of the URMDP! The AM section will meet 10-11:30 and the PM section will meet 2-3:30.  Both sections will be facilitated by Alexis Christensen.  See meeting dates below. All in-person meetings will take place on Zoom.

Module 1. Elements of Effective Mentoring/Developing a Mentoring Philosophy

  • Module Content: Mentor Development Program Information, Readings, Handouts
  • Required Work: URMDP Pre-Survey, Mentoring Philosophy Draft, due Fri., Jan. 29.

Module 2. Establishing Expectations and Maintaining Effective Communication

  • Module Content: Readings, Handouts, Case Studies
  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz”
  • In-person meeting and work due date: Fri., Feb. 5

Module 3. Assessing Understanding and Fostering Independence

  • Module Content: Readings, Handouts, Case Studies
  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz”
  • In-person meeting and work due date: Fri., Feb. 19

Module 4. Fostering Academic Literacies

  • Module Content: Readings, Handouts, Case Studies
  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz,” Mentoring Philosophy Draft 2
  • In-person meeting and work due date: Fri., Mar. 5

Module 5. Research and Mentoring Ethics

  • Module Content: Readings, Handouts, Case Studies
  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz”
  • In-person meeting and work due date: Fri., Mar. 19

Module 6. Professional Development

  • Module Content: Readings, Handouts, Case Studies
  • Required Work: URMDP Post-Survey, Final Mentoring Philosophy
  • In-person meeting and work due date: Fri., Apr. 2

Certified Mentor

The faculty, post-docs, and graduate students listed below have successfully completed the Undergraduate Research Mentor Development Program:

Fatima Abbas (Fall 2018)
Klevis Aliaj (Fall 2018)
Autumn Amici (Fall 2017)
Sarah Apple (Fall 2018)
Elizabeth Archuleta (Fall 2018)
Keith Arlotta (Fall 2017)
Danny Bae (Fall 2019)
Kaylee Barket Jones (Fall 2017)
Kate Beebe (Fall 2019)
Julia Berger (Fall 2019)
Jared Bergman (Spring 2019)
Jake Bergquist (Spring 2019)
Shana Black (Spring 2020)
Emily Braley (Fall 2019)
Bill Brazelton (Spring 2019)
Colin Bretz (Spring 2019)
Mark Brinton (Spring 2019)
Mindy Brown (Fall 2019)
Thomas Brussel (Fall 2017)
Luke Bush (Spring 2019)
Kris Campbell (Spring 2018)
Tiffany Campbell (Spring 2020)
Devon Cantwell (Spring 2019)
Stephen Cavanaugh (Fall 2019)
Aparna Chakkalakkal Sankarankutty (Spring 2019)
Daniel Chavez-Yenter (Spring 2020)
Alexis Christensen (Spring 2017)
Ben Christensen (Fall 2017)
Cameron Christensen (Spring 2018)
TK Coody (Fall 2018)
Anne Cook (Fall 2019)
Carena Cornelssen (Spring 2020)
Sean Crossland (Spring 2018)
Kali Dale (Spring 2018)
Kristen Davenport (Fall 2019)
Michelle Debbink (Fall 2019)
Anna Deleray (Fall 2019)
Ana Beatriz De Paula e Silva (Spring 2019)
Carlene Deits-Lebehn (Spring 2018)
Henrique Duarte (Spring 2019)
Celia Dunn (Fall 2018)
David Ede (Spring 2017)
Anna Eiring (Fall 2017)
Hallie Elich (Spring 2019)
Ashley Elrick (Spring 2018)
Navid Farhoudi (Spring 2020)
Brenden Fischer-Femal (Spring 2019)
Tanya Flores (Spring 2018)
Sarah Fogarty (Spring 2019)
Jenn Follstad Shah (Fall 2018)
Dale Forrister (Fall 2019)
Julia Franklin (Spring 2018)
Eric Fredrickson (Spring 2018)
Daniel Fuja (Spring 2019)
Alexis Fulbright (Fall 2019)
Andrea Garfinkel-Castro (Fall 2017)
Sarah Elizabeth Garza-Levitt (Spring 2020)
Danielle Geerling (Spring 2018)
Paul Geimer (Fall 2019)
Jake George (Fall 2018)
Vincent Georgescu (Spring 2020)
Eleanor Gilmore-Szott (Spring 2020)
Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons (Spring 2019)
Chelsea Gosney (Spring 2020)
Wilson Good (Spring 2017)
Jenna Goodrum (Spring 2018)
Jake Graser (Fall 2018)
Daniel Greiner (Spring 2020)
Joseph Hackman (Spring 2020)
Mahlega Hassanpour (Fall 2018)
Nicholas Hebdon (Spring 2017)
Casey Hemmis (Fall 2017)
Diane Hernandez (Spring 2019)
Monique Holt (Spring 2019)
Martin Horvath (Fall 2018)
Jennifer v Isenhour (Spring 2020)
Inese Ivans (Spring 2017)
Marta Iversen (Spring 2020)
Laurie Jackson (Spring 2019)
Alex Jafek (Spring 2018)
Julie Jeon (Spring 2018)
Kara Johnson (Spring 2020)
Lisa Johnson (Fall 2017)
Vanessa Johnson (Spring 2019)
Sima Jonusaite (Fall 2018)
Steve Kannenberg (Spring 2020)
Sharanya Kalasekar (Fall 2017)
Caitlin Kelly (Spring 2017)
Lauren Khazem (Spring 2019)
Robyn Kilshaw (Fall 2019)
William Kincannon (Spring 2018)
Thomas King (Spring 2020)
Dylan Klure (Fall 2018)
Fatemeh Koohestanmahalian (Fall 2019)
Madison A. Krall (Fall 2018)
Joey Krueger (Fall 2018)
B. Autumn Krogh (Fall 2017)
Eugene Kwan (Spring 2019)
Otto Lang (Spring 2020)
Dane Larsen (Fall 2019)
Eunjin Lee (Spring 2018)
Melanie Lee (Fall 2017)
Kate Lemons (Fall 2019)
Amy Lenz (Spring 2020)
German Lopez (Fall 2017)
Sara LoTemplio (Fall 2019)
Cielita Lopez-Lennon (Spring 2020)
Brian Loyd (Fall 2018)
Emma Luke (Spring 2020)
Dan Machin (Spring 2018)
Doug Mackay (Spring 2018)
Benjamin Mann (Spring 2020)
Jet Mante (Spring 2020)
Josh Marquardt (Fall 2018)
Kate Mattingly (Fall 2019)
Amy McDonnell (Spring 2020)
Lisa Meerts-Brandsma (Fall 2018)
Keegan Melstrom (Spring 2018)
M Metzger (Spring 2018)
Nico Metzler (Fall 2018)
Sudhajit Misra (Spring 2018)
Raziye Mohammadpour (Fall 2017)
Matthew Moody (Fall 2018)
Amy Morren (Fall 2019)
Casey Mullen (Spring 2020)
Ed Muñoz (Fall 2018)
Yeseul Nam (Spring 2020)
Jasmine Norman (Spring 2018)
Camille Novis (Spring 2019)
Kate O’Farrell (Spring 2019)
Michael Olson (Spring 2019)
Kyla Ost (Spring 2020)
Kat Pagano (Spring 2019)
Guanning Pang (Fall 2019)
Michael Papadakis (Fall 2017)
Melissa Parks (Spring 2019)
Michael Paskett (Fall 2019)
Mary Playdon (Fall 2018)
Debora Lyn Porter (Fall 2019)
Emily Post (Spring 2018)
Soorya Pradeep (Fall 2018)
Dennis Pruzan (Fall 2017)
Brendon Quirk (Fall 2018)
Brett Raczka (Fall 2017)
Mukund Raj (Spring 2017)
Chelsea Ratcliff (Fall 2018)
Adam Rauff (Spring 2019)
Randi Rawson (Fall 2017)
Grant Rea-Downing (Fall 2018)
Katherine Redd (Spring 2018)
Shelley Reich (Fall 2019)
Hang Ren (Fall 2017)
Lara Rheinemann (Fall 2018)
Michael Riley(Fall 2018)
Peyton Russelburg (Fall 2018)
Yuanrui Sang (Fall 2018)
Aarushi Sarbhai (Fall 2019)
Melissa Schaefer (Spring 2018)
Emily Scott (Fall 2019)
Crystal Sigulinsky (Spring 2017)
Jill Shea (Fall 2017)
Stephanie Shiver (Spring 2017)
Jack Silcox (Spring 2019)
Aaron Simmons (Spring 2019)
Cindy Solomon-Klebba (Spring 2020)
Sam Sprawls (Fall 2018)
Tess Stapleton (Fall 2018)
Doug Steinhauff (Fall 2018)
Igal Sterin (Fall 2019)
Eric Stone (Spring 2020)
Crystal Su (Fall 2019)
Nithya Subrahmanyam (Fall 2018)
Marta Szulik (Spring 2018)
James Tabery (Spring 2017)
Matthew Talbot (Spring 2020)
Jess Tate (Spring 2017)
Trevor Tippetts (Spring 2018)
Jocelyn Todd (Fall 2017)
Natalia Torres (Fall 2019)
Christie Toth (Spring 2017)
Anna Trugman (Fall 2018)
Katrina Twing (Fall 2018)
Anu Upadhyay (Fall 2018)
Verónica Valdez (Fall 2019)
Martin Venturas (Fall 2017)
Blake Vernon (Spring 2020)
Maren Voss (Fall 2018)
Joerg Votteler (Spring 2018)
Courtney Wagner (Spring 2019)
Wei-Chun Wang (Spring 2020)
Roseanne Warren (Spring 2017)
Katie Warthen (Spring 2019)
Wei Wei (Fall 2018)
Allison Weis (Spring 2019)
Dawn Wenzel (Spring 2017)
Stefania Wilks (Spring 2020)
Kurt Wilson (Spring 2020)
Zachary Wilson (Spring 2020)
Roo Wisidagama (Spring 2018)
Nick Witham (Fall 2019)
Ali Wolpern (Spring 2019)
Jiayue Xue (Spring 2020)
Blanca Yagüe (Spring 2018)
Brent Young (Spring 2019)
Laura Kay Young (Spring 2019)
Brian Zenger (Spring 2019)
Peter Zhu (Fall 2019)
Jared Zitnay (Fall 2017)
Shana Black
Tiffany Campbell
Daniel Chavez-Yenter
Carena Cornelssen
Navid Farhoudi
Sarah Elizabeth Garza-Levitt
Vincent Georgescu
Eleanor Gilmore-Szott
Chelsea Gosney
Daniel Greiner
Joseph Hackman
Jennifer v Isenhour
Marta Iversen
Kara Johnson
Steve Kannenberg
Thomas King
Otto Lang
Amy Lenz
Cielita Lopez-Lennon
Emma Luke
Benjamin Mann
Jet Mante
Amy McDonnell
Casey Mullen
Yeseul Nam
Kyla Ost
Cindy Solomon-Klebba
Eric Stone
Matthew Talbot
Blake Vernon
Wei-Chun Wang
Stefania Wilks
Kurt Wilson
Zachary Wilson
Jiayue Xue
Danny  Bae
Kate Beebe
Julia Berger
Emily Braley
Mindy  Brown
Stephen Cavanaugh
Anne Cook
Kristen Davenport
Michelle Debbink
Anna Deleray
Dale Forrister
Alexis Fulbright
Paul Geimer
Robyn  Kilshaw
Fatemeh Koohestanmahalian
Dane Larsen
Kate Lemons
Sara LoTemplio
Kate Mattingly
Amy Morren
Guanning Pang
Michael Paskett
Debora Lyn Porter
Shelley Reich
Aarushi Sarbhai
Emily Scott
Igal Sterin
Crystal Su
Natalia Torres
Verónica Valdez
Nick Witham
Peter Zhu
Jared Bergman
Jake Bergquist
Bill Brazelton
Colin Bretz
Mark Brinton
Luke Bush
Devon Cantwell
Aparna Chakkalakkal Sankarankutty
Ana Beatriz De Paula e Silva
Henrique Duarte
Hallie Elich
Mike Faust
Brenden Fischer-Femal
Sarah Fogarty
Daniel Fuja
Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons
Diane Hernandez
Monique Holt
Laurie Jackson
Vanessa Johnson
Rob Kent de Grey
Lauren Khazem
Eugene Kwan
Camille Novis
Kate O’Farrell
Michael Olson
Kat Pagano
Melissa Parks
Adam Rauff
Jack Silcox
Aaron Simmons
Courtney Wagner
Katie Warthen
Allison Weis
Ali Wolpern
Brent Young
Laura Kay Young
Brian Zenger
Fatima Abbas
Klevis Aliaj
Sarah Apple
Elizabeth Archuleta
TK Coody
Celia Dunn
Jenn Follstad Shah
Jake George
Jake Graser
Mahlega Hassanpour
Martin Horvath
Sima Jonusaite
Dylan Klure
Madison A. Krall
Joey Krueger
Brian Loyd
Josh Marquardt
Lisa Meerts-Brandsma
Nico Metzler
Matthew Moody
Ed Munoz
Mary Playdon
Soorya Pradeep
Brendon Quirk
Chelsea Ratcliff
Grant Rea-Downing
Lara Rheinemann
Michael Riley
Peyton Russelburg
Yuanrui Sang
Sam Sprawls
Tess Stapleton
Doug Steinhauff
Nithya Subrahmanyam
Anna Trugman
Katrina Twing
Anu Upadhyay
Maren Voss
Wei Wei
Kris Campbell
Cameron Christensen
Sean Crossland
Kali Dale
Carlene Deits-Lebehn
Ashley Elrick
Tanya Flores
Julia Franklin
Eric Fredrickson
Danielle Geerling
Jenna Goodrum
Alex Jafek
Julie Jeon
William Kincannon
Eunjin Lee
Dan Machin
Doug Mackay
Keegan Melstrom
M Metzger
Sudhajit Misra
Jasmine Norman
Emily Post
Katherine Redd
Melissa Schaefer
Marta Szulik
Trevor Tippetts
Joerg Votteler
Roo Wisidagama
Blanca Yagüe
Autumn Amici
Keith Arlotta
Kaylee Barket Jones
Thomas Brussel
Ben Christensen
Anna Eiring
Andrea Garfinkel-Castro
Casey Hemmis
Lisa Johnson
Sharanya Kalasekar
B. Autumn Krogh
Melanie Lee
German Lopez
Raziye Mohammadpour
Michael Papadakis
Dennis Pruzan
Brett Raczka
Randi Rawson
Hang Ren
Jill Shea
Jocelyn Todd
Martin Venturas
Jared Zitnay
Alexis Christensen
David Ede
Wilson Good
Nicholas Hebdon
Inese Ivans
Caitlin Kelly
Mukund Raj
Stephanie Shiver
Crystal Sigulinsky
James Tabery
Jess Tate
Christie Toth
Roseanne Warren
Dawn Wenzel


For information about the Undergraduate Research Mentor Development Program, please contact Stephanie Shiver at stephanie.shiver@utah.edu.


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