[Register now!] FREE NIH-funded SciComm mentoring workshop

Dear faculty mentors of graduate and postdoctoral trainees,

We would like to enhance your professional development through a FREE NIH-funded mentor training workshop in scientific communication . The workshop will be available in a limited number of locations through an IPERT grant from NIGMS. This opportunity could help meet rising expectations of T32 training grants for efforts to increase mentoring skills.

Trainees’ scientific communication skills and how they are mentored are significant predictors of intention to persist in research careers, independently of research skills. As mentors to graduate and postdoctoral trainees in STEM, we know it’s important to provide them with a variety of skills and resources to sustain their goals of pursuing careers in research.

Investigators at MD Anderson Cancer Center will present an NIH-funded workshop for mentors in techniques for mentoring scientific communication skills efficiently and effectively. These techniques can be applied immediately without specialized knowledge and are designed to make your work easier. We welcome you to participate in the workshop itself and associated research study, along with your trainees (who will be generously compensated). This research will help us to identify new mentoring strategies that lead to STEM trainee retention and success.

The workshop will cover topics that are rarely discussed in mentoring and trainee development, such as:

  • The mechanisms by which scientific communication skills build science identity and career commitment and how you can leverage them to your trainees’ benefit
  • The role of linguistic diversity, including mentor perceptions of linguistic diversity, in skill development
  • Understanding trainee barriers to productivity in scientific communication, and how to address them
  • Why you should focus on getting trainees talking about research in a variety of situations, and ways to achieve that
  • How certain kinds of feedback about speaking and writing—that may seem innocuous–can stall motivation, and how to avoid them

Workshop facilitators:

  • Carrie Cameron, PhD, Associate Director of the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) and associate professor at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and
  • Shine Chang, PhD, Ashbel Smith Professor of Epidemiology at MD Anderson and Director of the CPRTP.

Both are members of The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, MD, Academy of Health Science Educators and have researched and taught scientific communication skills since 2009.

Registration is open now. Faculty with disabilities and/or faculty mentoring trainees with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Please feel free to suggest additional participants, all of whom must currently be mentoring at least one graduate student or post-doctoral trainee.

Workshop sites:
Atlanta (Georgia State) - August 13th, 2018
Boulder (University of Colorado) - August 23rd, 2018
Chicago (Northwestern) - September 20th, 2018
Houston (Gulf Coast Consortia) - December 6th, 2018

Please register here: https://is.gd/SCOARE
Questions? Contact SCOARE@mdanderson.org

Thanks for your consideration. This is a great way to continue to support your trainees and research endeavors!