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Research Mentor Training

Picture of a research mentor and mentee


Offered fall, spring, summer; Part of the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching; Offered in collaboration with the Delta program 

Mentor training can make the difference between a mutually beneficial and productive mentoring relationship and one that's draining for the mentor and discouraging for the mentee. Research Mentor Training, based on the Entering Mentoring curriculum, gives you space to reflect and reinvigorate and provides concrete tools to support a successful mentor/mentee relationship. 

The curriculum is designed for graduate students, postdocs, faculty, staff, and senior undergraduates who are mentoring an undergraduate, and it's meant to be taken alongside as you mentor, so you get just-in-time support and can try out what you're learning. The course meets one hour a week and can be taken for one credit or no credit. Faculty-only sections are available.

  • Explore multiple strategies for effective mentoring with case studies, discussions, and readings
  • Compare mentor and mentee goals, and craft a statement of your mentoring philosophy
  • Explore time-management strategies, and discuss relevant issues as they come up
  • Collaborate and problem-solve with a group of peers

Spring 2019 Offerings

*For-credit option requires having a mentee.


Section 1: 


Facilitator: Andrew Greenberg
Days and times: Wednesdays, 1:20-2:10 p.m.
Length: 10 weeks starting 1/23/19
Location: 3024 Engineering Hall
Credit information: 1 unit (INTEG SCI 660)*
Register online here


Section 2: 


Facilitators: Amber Smith and Gail Coover
Days and times: Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Length: 10 weeks starting 1/22/19
Location: 117 WISCIENCE (445 Henry Mall)
Credit information: 1 unit (INTEG SCI 660)*
Register online here


Faculty-Only Section
Facilitators: Andrew Greenberg and Beth Meyerand
Days and times: Mondays, 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
Length: 4 sessions, February 4th, 11th, 25th and March 4th * note no session on February 18th
Location: 3609 Engineering Hall
Register online here

Find out more about the Entering Mentoring curriculum here

More about Amber Smith

Amber R. Smith

Director of Research Mentor and Mentee Training
Contact Info

(608) 265-0850


Room 118B

445 Henry Mall

Madison, WI 53706

I earned my PhD in Plant Breeding Plant Genetics from UW-Madison and continued my education with a postdoctoral experience centered on developing first-year transition programs for biology students. After working at the University of Michigan in the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, I joined the WISCIENCE staff as the Director of Mentor and Mentee Training.

I coordinate the Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program, coordinate and instruct the Entering Mentoring and Entering Research courses, and oversee the research peer leadership students.

Outside of work, I love hanging out with family, cooking, and spending time outside.