MICHR Mentoring Academy

Sessions for faculty on effective research mentoring, including communications, expectations, inclusion, independence, and professional development

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Any U-M senior postdocs, senior staff, and faculty at any of the U-M campuses.


This program is offered annually. Consult the MICHR Events page for more details.

How much?

For U-M participants, there is a $50 fee for each session; this will be fully refunded if the participant attends the session. For non-U-M participants, there is a non-refundable $65 fee for each session.

What is this offering?

The MICHR Mentoring Academy is based on the curriculum from CIMER (Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research). The goal is to improve research mentoring relationships for mentees and mentors at all career stages. Facilitators have been trained through the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) program based on the curriculum in the Entering Mentoring series. While the curriculum was originally designed for faculty new to mentoring, it is also a useful resource for training of established mentors or those who have never had formal mentoring training in the past. The curriculum satisfies the new NIGMS guidelines regarding the preparation of mentors involved in training grants. Faculty can attend sessions that are most relevant to their own mentoring needs but are encouraged to eventually attend each of the sessions, which cover the core topics of Maintaining Effective Communication, Aligning Expectations, Addressing Equity and Inclusion, Fostering Independence, and Promoting Professional Development. Sessions are taught small groups using case studies and facilitated discussions around mentoring dilemmas. Participants will learn how to better coach and counsel mentees and enhance their own interpersonal skills for mentor-mentee interactions. Case studies represent research settings that range from basic science to clinical translational research.

How this advances translational science

Fostering a culture of recognition that ultimately sustains a diverse and talented workforce.

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