Are you a U-M staff member who works on health-related research studies?

Are you interested in professional growth and development?

If so, consider applying to STEP.up, a MICHR-sponsored formal mentorship program for research staff. We are currently accepting mentor and mentee applications for our sixth cohort. Each year we accept a limited number of pairs to participate in the 9-month program. Deadline to apply is July 15, 2024. You will be notified of application status by the end of September 2024. The program begins in October 2024.

A major consideration for acceptance is whether we can make an appropriate match between potential mentor and mentee. Mentors typically have at least 5-8 years of professional experience, a career-long pursuit of professional development for themselves, and a passion for coaching others. Mentees are self-starters and independent learners who envision a research career but are still in the early stages of their journey.

Program Details:

  • Nine-month program from October 2024 –June 2025

  • Mentee training session for mentees only

  • Mentor training session for mentors only

  • Program Kick-off session for mentors and mentees

  • Expected monthly time commitment for mentors and mentees is about 1 hour/month plus time spent working towards professional development goals

  • Optional networking activities with current and past cohorts

  • Professional development funds may be available, depending on budget

  • End-of-program Celebration to acknowledge everyone’s hard work and to network with peers

Who: Research staff working in clinical or health research

What: Formal mentorship program to support professional growth and development

When: Deadline to apply is July 15, 2024. You will be notified of application status by the end of September 2024. The program begins in October 2024.

Why: To gain new knowledge, skills and abilities, and expand your professional network

How: Click here for MENTEE application or here for MENTOR application

For questions about STEP.up or your eligibility to apply, contact Angie Lyden