Letter to the Editor: "Training PhD Students to Successfully Navigate Research Mentoring Relationships"

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Contact Info: christine.pfund@wisc.edu

NRMN investigators Chris Pfund, PhD, Janet Branchaw, PhD, and Melissa McDaniels, PhD, wrote a letter to the editor titled "Training Ph.D. Students to Successfully Navigate Research Mentoring Relationships" that was published in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Dec. 8, 2021. 

Their letter to the editor as published in the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement's website:

The experience that Maria LaMonaca Wisdom described in her recent article about developing a course to train graduate students in mentoring (“Why Don’t We Teach Ph.Ds to Be Mentors?,” The Chronicle, September 21) addresses issues raised in the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) 2018 consensus study Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century and aligns with the call for mentorship education in a 2019 NASEM report, The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM. The 2019 report includes many references, resources, and an online guide to support those interested in developing and implementing mentorship education to enhance the diversity and strength of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) research workforce.

The 2019 NASEM report defines mentorship as “a professional, working alliance in which individuals work together over time to support the personal and professional growth, development, and success of the relational partners through the provision of career and psychosocial support.” As such, mentorship education includes training that develops the skills and knowledge of both mentors and mentees to build and maintain effective research mentoring relationships. One of the resources highlighted in the NASEM report, the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), offers evidence-based curricula and training workshops for both mentors, Entering Mentoring and undergraduate and graduate mentees, Entering Research. A Mentoring Up curriculum for postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty members that integrates evidence-based elements of the Entering Research and Entering Mentoring curricula is also available...

Read the full the letter here.

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