What Matters in Mentoring? Effect of Mentor Cultural Awareness on Mentee Outcomes

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will serve as a national hub for research mentor and mentee training for the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) recently announced by the National Institutes of Health as part of a national Diversity Program Consortium.

The NIH will award the Diversity Program Consortium nearly $31 million in fiscal year 2014 funds to develop new approaches that engage researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and prepare them to thrive in the NIH-funded workforce.

The UW has led the nation in developing, evaluating and disseminating evidence-based curricula to train research mentors and mentees in establishing effective mentoring relationships. Because of its dedication and a decade of existing work done at the university, the UW has been awarded $2.2 million by the NIH to establish the NRMN Mentor Training Core. The overall award to develop and support NRMN is $19 million over five years.

The UW Mentor Training Core will provide career-stage appropriate training for mentors and mentees. The approach is tailored to foster the persistence and success of a diverse group of biomedical researchers, with a specific focus on deepening the alignment and impact of these mentoring relationships. The evidence-based activities included in this core are designed to facilitate trusting mentoring relationships that support underrepresented minority scholars as they navigate their education.


Leadership

Christine Pfund

Status

Active through August 31, 2018