Effective mentoring is critical to the retention of students in STEM fields and has been linked to greater productivity, research independence, and career satisfaction.

In general, mentors do not receive any formalized training in mentoring. More specifically, mentors are unaware of specific issues related to mentoring diverse students.

Entering Mentoring Training is an 8 week curriculum based on the model: “Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists,” by J. Handlesman et al. 2009.

The seminar targets graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in the sciences and uses a student-centered, interative approach.

The next EMT Training will occur Winter and Summer 2017. Please contact the Program Director or Lead Facilitator for questions about the application process. See additional information .

Program Director: Dr. Diana Azurdia, Associate Director of Graduate Programs in Bioscience

Lead Facilitator: Dr. Rachel Kennison, Associate Director, Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS)

The program is supported by the Graduate Program in Biosciences, and has a partnership with Center fo Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS ) and the Undergraduate Research Center for the Sciences (URC-Sciences).


Feel free to contact the Program Director or Lead Facilitator directly. For general questions, please email:


  • 6 of 8 students found the facilitators were effective or very effective in guiding discussions.
  • All students felt the class was a valuable use of their time and would recommend the training to a colleague.
  • All students said they plan to change their mentoring practice by communicating more directly and explicitly addressing expectations and goals with their mentees.

“I thought the facilitators weer all powerful speakers.”

“I thought the facilitators were excellent. There were some times when the discussion was cut short time reasons, but this will get better with experience.”

“The topics felt broad enough that almost anything could be interpreted to be related to any topic. Most of the time that is good; it gives us room to discuss things that are the most forefront in our minds.”