Undergraduate Research Mentor Development Program

Spring 2017 Research Mentor Development Program

Congratulations to our Spring 2017 certified mentors!

Alexis  Christensen
David  Ede
Wilson Good
Nicholas Hebdon
Inese Ivans
Caitlin Kelly
Mukund Raj
Crystal Sigulinsky
James Tabery
Jess Tate
Christie Toth
Roseanne Warren
Dawn  Wenzel

 

The Spring 2017 Research Mentor Development Program is FULL.

Please email OUR@utah.edu to get on our waiting list and for priority registration in a future semester.

We are pleased to announce a new Office of Undergraduate Research program – the Research Mentor Development Program. The purpose of this new 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, participants will be eligible to serve in the place of ‘faculty mentors’ in the context of the Office of Undergraduate Research’s funding programs.

We offer the Research Mentor Development Program beginning in Spring 2017. 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 will be organized around the Research Mentor Training Core Competencies: (1) maintaining effective communication; (2) aligning expectations; (3) assessing understanding; (4) addressing diversity; (5) fostering independence; and (6) promoting professional development (Pfund et al. 2013).

Eligibility and registration
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 compete the Mentor Development Program during the Spring 2017 semester are eligible to serve as Fall 2017 UROP mentors (student deadline in July 2017).
  • Required work is due prior to the beginning of the associated in-person meeting.
Mentoring Modules

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

  • Module Content: Mentor Development Program Information, Readings, Handouts
  • Required Work: Mentoring Competencies Pre-Test due January 20, 2017

Module 2. Establishing Expectations and Maintaining Effective Communication

  • Module Content: Readings, Handouts, Case Studies
  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz”
  • In-person meeting: January 27, 2017, 10:00-11:00AM, Sill Center Small Conference Room

Module 3. Assessing, Understanding, and Fostering Independence

  • Module Content: Readings, Handouts, Case Studies
  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz”
  • In-person meeting: February 10, 2017, 10:00-11:00AM, Sill Center Large Conference Room

Module 4. Mentoring and Diversity

  • Module Content: Readings, Handouts, Case Studies
  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz”
  • In-person meeting: February 24, 2017, 10:00-11:00AM, Sill Center Large Conference Room

Module 5. Research and Mentoring Ethics

  • Module Content: Readings, Handouts, Case Studies
  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz”
  • In-person meeting: March 10, 2017, 10:00-11:00AM, Sill Center Large Conference Room

Module 6. Professional Development

  • Module Content: Readings, Handouts, Case Studies
  • Required Work: Mentoring Competencies Post-Test, Exit Questionnaire, Final Mentoring Philosophy
  • In-person meeting: March 24, 2017, 10:00-11:00AM, Sill Center Large Conference Room
Contact

For information about the Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program, please contact Catherine E. Showalter at catherine.showalter@utah.edu.

For additional mentoring resources at the U, please visit the VPR’s mentoring site.

 

Pfund C, House S, Spencer K, Asquith P, Carney P, Masters KS  McGee R, Shanedling J, Vecchiarelli S, Fleming M. A research mentor training curriculum for clinical and translational researchers. Clin Trans Sci. 2013; 6: 26 – 33.