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Leadership & Management for Scientist Course

Leadership & Management for Scientists is a 1 credit course that focuses on human-centered strategies for leading effective teams in biomedical and health science academic environments that can also be translated into research-related careers. Through a series of interactive activities, reflective writing, self-assessment instruments, and group discussions, you will develop a repertoire of techniques for addressing issues that commonly arise within and between research groups.

The course promotes awareness of the participants’ own styles of leadership and offers them new approaches to explore. Since leadership styles are highly individual and situational, the instructors do not judge styles as “good” or “bad,” but provide a nonjudgmental yet structured environment in which you can discover what works for you.

This program is highly experiential, discovery based, and full of mutual "air time" for all to share ideas and insights. Learners who participate in the course will be exposed to different presenters each week who have experience and a broad knowledge on the topic being discussed. The course utilizes short videos, case examples, group work, short lectures, and lots of dialog to investigate the topics below.

Course Topics/Themes Covered

  • Building Your Support Network
  • Conflict Management & Communication
  • Cultural Humility
  • Effective Communication
  • Hiring & Selecting Teams
  • Managing People


  • Managing Resources
  • Negotiating
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Time Management
  • Understanding Your Strengths

All students, matriculated or non-matriculated, may register for IND 439: Leadership & Management for Scientists directly through UR Student.  If you do not have a student account, please complete the non-matriculated student form, Non-Matriculated-Graduate-7-2020.docx ( and submit to









Course Offerings

  • Spring Semester from 2:00 pm-3:40pm
    • Even Numbered Years – Tuesdays
    • Odd Numbered Years- Thursdays

Testimonials from Past Learners in the Course

"Leadership and Management for Scientists is a crucial class offering valuable tools and knowledge beyond research in science. Every graduate student should consider taking it to develop essential skills such as negotiating, managing people, effective communication, resource management, budgeting, and time management. The course helps identify and leverage individual strengths for goal achievement. Personally, I found the session on understanding and utilizing personal strengths particularly beneficial, and I continue to apply these skills daily. As a 4th-year PhD candidate, I've employed the learned skills in planning my professional future, including conducting informational interviews for insights into my desired career path. I highly recommend this class to all students, with special emphasis for first-generation students like me."

Darline Castro-Meléndez, M.S.

Ph.D. Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology