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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. 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 trainees’ scientific and career development. 

Mentoring Information for Mentors

URBEST leads a Faculty CARES Mentoring Workshop that helps mentors to remember that Competence is only one component of mentoring, others are Autonomy, Relatedness, Equity, and Structure. The CARES Model is based in self-determination theory, which was developed at University of Rochester and suggests that people are most engaged and self-motivated when they are acting through internal motivation, and feel autonomous, competent and socially connected to what they do. Read about a past autonomy-supportive URBEST Mentoring Workshop for Faculty. If you are interested in a CARES Mentoring Workshop for your mentors, contact Dr. Tracey Baas.

URBEST has also developed the faculty-led: Recommendation and Nomination Letter Workshop. A group of active nomination letter writers convene as a panel to provide insight into the process and share a few of their strongest supportive letters. Past panelists have included Drs. Eddie Schwarz, Jeff Lyness, Kate Cerulli, Linda Chaudron, Lynne Maquat, Vivian Lewis, Edith Lord and Rob Quivey.

URBEST also helps to bring the Ever Better Mentoring Workshop to faculty mentors outside the CTSI. The workshop is to help faculty improve their mentoring practice through a series of online cases followed by a single face-to-face workshop. The online portion of the course fosters reflection through self-directed exercises and supplemental readings. The face-to-face component allows mentors to share their experiences and challenges and in the process of discussion, gain additional skills- regardless of their level of experience. 

Mentoring Information for Mentees

URBEST is currently developing a workshop for mentees on how to Mentor From the Middle. Throughout your life you will be mentored by individuals with more experience than you, while at the same time mentoring people with less experience than you. This workshop will teach you how to accept and thrive in both roles with confidence and grace. Importantly, this workshop will also suggest best practices to self-advocate and  “mentor up” when you don’t think you aren’t getting the help you would like. This workshop is being created by Dr. Meera Singh with the support of Dr. Vivian Lewis, who leads the Ever Better Mentoring Workshop, and Dr. Tracey Baas, who has learned to “mentor up” through trial and error. Please feel free to email Dr. Singh to let her know how important this workshop is for you.

Our URBEST LinkedIn Group provides information about faculty and non-academic scientists willing to participate in informational interviews with URBEST trainees. Importantly, the group serves as the central location for announcing internships and job openings. You must be enrolled in URBEST to be invited to join the URBEST LinkedIn Group.

A few examples of mentors in our LinkedIn network (230 members)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Vice President, Research Intelligence at Elsevier is open to participating in open discussions around careers for scientists and helping trainees make connections. Holly can also share writing and communication opportunities taking place at Elsevier that you could explore while still training at UR.
  • 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.
  • Patrick Murphy, PhD, Flow Cytometry Specialist at Miltenyi Biotec is open to sharing his internship experiences at UR’s Flow Cytometry Core, and how he exists simultaneously in the areas of industry, academia and customer service. Patrick can also share how resilience should never be under-estimated and the power of connection.
  • 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.
  • 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.