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Mentors

The URBEST program will help to foster effective mentoring practices that will better support trainee autonomy and promote diverse career outcomes. The program will also provide mentoring resources that are already established and freely available. Three sets of mentors will be crucial to the success of the trainees: faculty, peer and alumni mentors.

Mentoring Information for Mentors

For 2017, the URBEST Mentoring Workshop for Faculty will take place February 14, 2017 and will be repeated again May 23, 2017. The 2017 URBEST Faculty Mentoring Workshop: Recommendation and Nomination Letters will be led by Edith Lord (SeAD, Grad Ed) and Rob Quivey (COB, MBI)A panel of active nomination letter writers will join them, including Drs. Eddie Schwarz, Jeff Lyness, Kate Cerulli, Linda Chaudron, Lynn Maquat and Vivian Lewis. Register by completing the URBEST Mentoring for Faculty Survey. Please contact Tracey Baas for further information. 

An underlying aspect of URBEST Mentoring is to introduce and discuss an autonomy-supportive framework that will help faculty to identify and address the key needs of mentees, creating an even more supportive workplace climate to empower their scientific and career development. The autonomy-supportive framework is based on self-determination theory and its application to professional development, medical education, and mentoring. Read about the past autonomy-supportive 2016 URBEST Mentoring Workshop for Faculty.

Faculty and non-academic scientists willing to volunteer some aspects of mentoring to URBEST trainees, please join the  URBEST LinkedIn Group.

Mentoring Information for Mentees

Our URBEST LinkedIn Group provides information about faculty and non-academic scientists willing to volunteer aspects of mentoring to URBEST trainees. You must be enrolled in URBEST to be invited to join the group as a mentee. 

A few examples of mentors in our LinkedIn network (151 members) are:

  • Olivia Block, PhD, Patent Technical Specialist at LeClairRyan (Rochester, NY). Olivia is open to participating in IDP discussions, CV review, and mock interviews with trainees. Olivia can also share her experience in transitioning from a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Rochester to a position in intellectual property.
  • Scott Butler, PhD, UR faculty in Microbiology and Immunology. He's very interested in mentoring and would be open to participating in IDP discussions with trainees that already have him as a committee member. Other possible interactions might include CV review and mock interviews.
    He can also share career stories about previous lab members Karyn Schmidt, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow Harvard Medical School, March 2013), Kevin Callahan, PhD (Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, St. John Fisher College, Rochester NY, since 2013) and Aaron Proweller, MD, PhD , (Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University, since 2008).
  • Stephen Daggett, PhD, Manager of Assay Research and Development at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Rochester, NY. He will be developing internship opportunities at OCD in which URBEST students are encouraged to apply, and he would also be open to participating in informational interviews.
  • Michael Fiske, M.S., Executive Director Upstate Stem Cell cGMP Facility, Rochester, NY. Mike is developing internship opportunities in process development, analytical methods development and cGMP clinical manufacturing at the Upstate Stem Cell cGMP Facility for URBEST students. Mike is also willing to share his 25+ of industrial experience in a number of areas of biotech including; industrial biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, vaccine development, diagnostics and therapeutic protein development. He also open to review of CVs and participating in mock interviews.
  • Ben Hayden, PhD, UR faculty in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Ben is open to participating in general career discussions, CV review for academic positions, and mock interviews with trainees. Ben can also share his experience in transitioning from a postdoctoral appointment to a faculty position here at the University of Rochester.
  • Nikesha Haynes-Gilmore, PhD, Senior Health Project Coordinator at The Cancer Center of URMC. She would be open to sharing her story about transitioning from a research lab to a clinical management organization and the CV that helped her to make that transition.
  • Hartmut (Hucky) Land, PhD, UR faculty in Biomedical Genetics. Hucky will be available for practice presentations for job interviews and will participate in discussions about the importance of personal responsibility, creativity and persistence in the professional environment.
  • Paige Lawrence, PhD, UR faculty in Environmental Medicine, and Microbiology and Immunology. She's very interested in mentoring and would be open to participating in career planning discussions with URBEST trainees. Other possible interactions might include CV review, guidance on how to network, and discussion of other aspects of science that extend beyond the lab bench.
    She can also share career stories of prior members of her lab, like Kristen Mitchell (Associate Professor with tenure, Boise State University), Haley Neff-LaFord (Scientist, Seattle Genetics), Jennifer Wheeler (Research Investigator, Bristol Meyers Squibb), Bethany Winans (Health Scientist, CardnoChemRisk), Betina Lew (Senior Toxicologist, Church & Dwight), and Anirban Roy (Research Investigator II, Discovery Toxicology, Bristol Meyers Squibb).
  • Luis Martinez-Sobrido, PhD, UR faculty in Microbiology and Immunology. He's very interested in mentoring and would be open to participating in IDP discussions with trainees that already have him as a committee member. Other possible interactions might include feedback on power point presentations for conferences, job interviews or business plan pitches. He can also share information regarding the specific needs of trainees with an international and/or under-represented minority background.
  • Joshua Munger, PhD, UR faculty in Biochemistry and Biophysics. He is very interested in mentoring and would be open to career development discussions with URBEST trainees. Other possible interactions include discussions on approaches to networking, research presentations, and interviews.
    He can also share insight into the career trajectories of trainees and colleagues who have pursued careers in a variety of different settings including, large pharmaceutical companies, small biotechnology firms, research-focused academic institutions, teaching intensive academic institutions, and public policy positions.
  • Michael Overstreet, PhD, Scientist, MedImmune and UR alum is open to participating in discussions around careers for scientists, industry science and CV and resume review. Michael can also share his experiences in transitioning from the academic laboratory to industry.
  • Sarah Peyre, Ed.D., UR faculty in Interprofessional Education, Surgery, and Nursing. She's very interested in mentoring and would be open to participating in IDP discussions with an emphasis on self-determination theory. Other possible interactions might include CV review and mock interviews.
    She can also share her own career stories and those of her previous mentees and colleagues Ahmed Ghazi, MD, MSc (Assistant Professor in Urology and Innovator, University of Rochester), Ben Zendejas-Mummert, MD (Resident in Surgery at the University of Minnesota), Demain Szyld, MD (Associate Director New York Simulation Center for Health Sciences). Even though all her mentees are clinical, they have relationships with industry that she can speak about.
  • Lesley Stolz, PhD, Senior Director, Transactions at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, California Innovation Center is open to participating in open discussions around careers for scientists - both alternate and industry science, CV review and helping trainees make connections. Lesley can also share her experiences in transitioning from science to industry to business.
  • Sharyl Zaccaglino, M.S., Director Research Quality and Compliance at URMC. Sharyl is developing internship opportunities in Quality and Compliance for URBEST students and is also interested in mentoring. Sharyl is open to discussions on career development, job interviews, CV review, and can share her experiences in transitioning from the laboratory to a career in Quality, in both industry and academia.