Postdocs are in a unique position where they are both mentees and often mentors to students in their labs. We use a curriculum that reflects this dual role available from the University of Wisconsin Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research.
The mentoring sessions last 1.5 hours and meet once a month from 12-1:30 pm in Oct (10/26), Nov (11/29), Jan, Feb, March, and April. Postdocs who complete all 6 sessions over the course of 2 years receive a completion certificate. The interactive format consists of faciltator-led workshops where participants work through case studies in small group discussions. Each session is led by two facilitators who are either faculty, staff, or postdocs who have completed the program and at least one has received training through the UW-Madison Research Mentoring Core.
Nineteen postdocs have completed the full course since 2015! Here is some of their evaluation and feedback:
“Thanks for including me in the mentor training program this year. This is very much needed a program for upcoming and young mentors. The most beautiful part of this is given an idea and how to understand, taking into confidence, trained and groom the student. Addressing equity, fostering independence and accessing understanding looks familiar and easy but difficult to bring into right practice. And this what this program delivers. Very Interactive session. Awesome!”
“I revised my mentoring strategies with my current PhD student towards an inclusive approach…leading to a consistent improvement of his performances and research results.”
“I plan to more proactive in my mentoring style. I.e. arrange formal meetings, establish expectations and goals at beginning of relationship”
- 100% said it was a valuable use of their time
- 100% would recommend training to other postdocs
- 100% made changes in their mentoring as a result of the training (all showed improvement in mentoring self-assessed mentoring skills)