New NIH OITE Series: Raising a Resilient Scientist

Raising a Resilient Scientist, for faculty and administrators who mentor students and postdoctoral fellows in the biomedical, behavioral and social sciences. The goal of the Raising a Resilient Scientist series is to promote the mental health and well-being of the academic research community by supporting faculty and administrators to develop self-management, relationship-management and mentoring skills. A variety of topics will be covered with a specific focus on communication and shared problem-solving to help trainees deal with the inevitable setbacks experienced in high knowledge environments.  There will be five units in the series; each unit will consist of a 75-minute lecture, which can be watched in real-time or asynchronously, followed by a 1-hour facilitated discussion with peers. There will be two opportunities for participation in the small groups following each webinar. There is no charge for participation, but advanced registration is required. For more information, and to register, please visit our webpage. 

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Online Courses with University of Minnesota

Develop your research mentoring skills through self-paced, online courses. Courses are available at no charge to people affiliated with the University of Minnesota and to external users who create a guest account with the University.

Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring (OPM) 101: For Research Mentors of Graduate Students, Fellows, and Early-Career Faculty

  • Defines different types of mentoring models that are applied in research settings.
  • Summarizes the roles and responsibilities of research mentors.
  • Outlines steps for navigating the core phases of a mentoring relationship.
  • Offers strategies for supporting mentees' intellectual, professional, and psychosocial development.
  • Includes online activities designed to help address specific mentoring challenges.

Note: If you registered for this module before the updated version launched on August 19, 2019, you’ll need to re-register using the new system.

Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring 102: For Research Mentors of Undergraduate Students

  • Adaptation of Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring 101.
  • Features content and activities specific to mentors working with undergraduate research trainees.

Enhancing Motivation Using the CARES Mentoring Model

  • Describes a theoretically driven approach to mentoring that focuses on attending to the core psychological needs that enhance a mentee’s motivation.
  • Covers basic motivation concepts and their well-researched impact on mentees' satisfaction, performance, and persistence in educational and professional settings.
  • Guides learners on strategies for putting the model’s principles into action with their mentees.

How to register (external users)