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The Office Research Education (REd) is excited to share our new offerings in research mentoring for both mentors and mentees. The goal with this initiative is to provide classes and resources to enhance the knowledge and implementation of effective research mentoring for University of Utah faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students. Some of our new offerings include
  • Research Mentoring Certificate
  • Variety of speakers for professional development
  • Various tips and resources that we share periodically
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Research Mentoring Certificate


The purpose of the Research Mentoring Certificate is to increase the capacity of the University of Utah to provide high-quality research mentoring. Participation in the program is available to University of Utah graduate students, post-docs, staff, and faculty. The certificate involves six classes presented in Canvas course format, accompanied by five live meetings held via Zoom. 

The Zoom 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 in the online classes and the case studies are organized around core mentor training competencies grounded in academic research (e.g. Pfund et al. 2013) and modified based on participant feedback and facilitator expertise. These competencies include: 

         Maintaining effective communication

         Aligning expectations

         Assessing understanding

         Fostering independence

         Cultivating academic literacies

         Research and mentoring ethics

         Promoting professional development

 
Mentoring

Throughout the certificate programs, we will develop our capacities to mentor the diverse undergraduate researchers with whom we work.

Upon successful completion of the program, staff, graduate students, and post-docs will be eligible to serve as mentors for the purposes of the Office of Undergraduate Research’s funding programs.

Research Mentoring Certificate - Cohort - Fall 2021

Program Dates: 9/1/2021 - 10/6/2021
Length: 6 Weeks
Participant Cap: 40
Time Commitment: 10 - 15 hours
Learning Requirements: In order to earn the Certificate of Achievement, participants must
  • complete pre- and post-certificate surveys
  • complete all the required pre-meeting work by the deadlines posted in Canvas
  • attend at least four of the five 90-minute Zoom class meetings
 
 
Cohort Schedule:
 Cohort Classes Asynchronous Content Required Work Synchronous Meeting
Class 1: Elements of Effective Mentoring/Developing a Mentoring Philosophy (Asynchronous)
  • Mentor Development Program Information
  • Readings
  • Handouts 
  • Pre-Survey
  • Mentoring Philosophy Draft
N/A
Class 2: Establishing Expectations and Maintaining Effective Communication
  • Readings
  • Handouts
  • Case Studies
  • Reflection “quiz”
Wednesday, September 8th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Class 3: Assessing Understanding and Fostering Independence
  • Readings
  • Handouts
  • Case Studies
  • Reflection “quiz”
Wednesday, September 15th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Class 4: Fostering Academic Literacies
  • Readings
  • Handouts
  • Case Studies
  • Reflection “quiz”
  • Mentoring Philosophy Draft 2
Wednesday, September 22nd from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Class 5: Research and Mentoring Ethics
  • Readings
  • Handouts
  • Case Studies
  • Reflection “quiz”
Wednesday, September 29th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Class 6: Promoting Mentees’ Career Development
  • Readings
  • Handouts
  • Case Studies
  • Post-Survey
  • Final Mentoring Philosophy
Wednesday, October 6th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Those who are unable to successfully complete the Research Mentoring Certificate – Cohort may request to transfer to the Research Mentoring Certificate - Individual Classes; please email researcheducation@utah.edu for more information.

Research Mentoring Certificate - Individual Classes

This is pathway to earn the Research Mentoring Certificate involves completion of six individual classes over the course of 18 months. To earn the certificate, participants must complete pre- and post-certificate surveys, all the required pre-meeting work by the deadlines posted in Canvas and attend all five 60-minute Zoom class meetings. 

* Introduction to Research Mentoring is entirely asynchronous and must be completed first. The following classes involve asynchronous and live work and can be completed in any order:

Individual Classes Asynchronous Content Synchronous Session Registration
Introduction to Research Mentoring (Asynchronous)
  • Pre-Survey
  • Readings
  • Handouts
  • Videos
N/A REGISTER HERE
Establishing Expectations and Maintaining Effective Communication
  • Readings
  • Handouts
  • Case Studies
  • Reflection “quiz”

Sixty (60) Minutes Zoom Meeting

REGISTER HERE
Assessing Understanding and Fostering Independence
  • Readings
  • Handouts
  • Case Studies
  • Reflection “quiz”

Sixty (60) Minutes Zoom Meeting

REGISTER HERE
Fostering Academic Literacies
  • Readings
  • Handouts
  • Case Studies
  • Reflection “quiz”

Sixty (60) Minutes Zoom Meeting

Coming Soon!
Research and Mentoring Ethics
  • Readings
  • Handouts
  • Case Studies
  • Reflection “quiz”

Sixty (60) Minutes Zoom Meeting

Coming Soon!
Promoting Mentees’ Career Development
  • Readings
  • Handouts
  • Case Studies
  • Reflection “quiz”
Sixty (60) Minutes Zoom Meeting
Coming Soon!
Last Updated: 8/19/21