January 31, 2023: The Science of Mentorship in STEMM: Evidence-Based Practices for Mentors and Trainees
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Presented by: Dr. Melissa McDaniels, Associate Executive Director & Scientist at the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER, www.cimerproject.org) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a co-investigator and community advancement manager for the NIH-supported National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN, https://nrmnet.net/).
Mentoring is associated with academic and career success across disciplines and career stages in higher education. Strong mentorship has been linked to enhanced mentee productivity, self-efficacy, career satisfaction, and sense of support beginning at the undergraduate level and continuing into the post-doctoral stage. Similarly, graduate students cite positive mentoring as the most important factor in degree attainment. Mentored graduate students and junior scholars are more likely to publish their research than counterparts who are not mentored. Unfortunately, few mentors have received formal training in effective mentoring practices, particularly as it relates to mentoring scholars from traditionally underrepresented groups. Even fewer scholars receive formal instruction on being a proactive mentee, and frequently do not have the self-efficacy required to articulate their needs to mentors. This recently led to a national focus on the “science of mentorship’ and calls for research on both mentoring and tested interventions to optimize mentoring relationships across diverse groups and enhance their relationships. In this interactive session, participants will:
1. Learn about core findings cited in the National Academies report (2019), “The Science of Effective Mentorship In STEMM”
2. Learn about national models for mentorship education and evidence of their effectiveness
3. Explore resources and opportunities available for mentorship education
Check out Melissa's Podcast Interview about the Science of Mentorship in STEMM: https://igenetwork.org/resource/orise-featurecast-interview-melissa-mcdaniels