TRAIN-UP: Introduction to Mentoring Program August 2019

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UCSF Mission Bay

San Francisco, CA 94158

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The TRAIN-UP Introduction To Mentoring program consists of 4-half day workshops for UCSF research trainees as part of OCPD's Training Researchers and INterns for Upcoming Professors (TRAIN-UP) Series.

The program provides participants with a new framework to hire, teach, train and supervise other research trainees. This framework integrates education, management and leadership theory and is applied to the research laboratory culture. The program includes a combination of lectures and activities, including case studies and assignments to apply the TRAIN-UP framework to one's own situation. For example, participants will practice writing a list of required skills and qualities for a position in their lab, using the concepts learned in lecture around working with diverse team members.

Workshops are open to all UCSF trainees, but participants who attend workshops 1-4 and complete all in-workshop activities and out-of-workshop assignments will receive a Letter of Completion issued by the UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development.

Participants who would like to gain experience applying the skills taught in the TRAIN-UP Introduction To Mentoring program will have the opportunity participate as mentor, practice interviewer and/or informational interviewee for the Bridge to Biosciences program at City College of San Francisco. For more information, see the Mentoring for Success training program page.

The TRAIN-UP Introduction To Mentoring program is offered by the Office of Career and Professional Development in partnership with City College of San Francisco's Bridge to Biosciences program. It is free for UCSF graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and is specifically designed for basic scientists, although it is open to all UCSF research trainees.


The goal of the TRAIN-UP Introduction To Mentoring program is to provide research trainees with the tools to:

  1. Effectively hire, train, supervise and mentor team members when building a new research team (including research assistants and associates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars)

  2. Work with diverse team members, where diversity is defined in terms of work styles, learning styles, career goals and educational goals as well as gender, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity.

Next TRAIN-UP program:

The workshop topics below are subject to change.

Workshop 1 - Mentoring & Supervising 101
Being an effective mentor and supervisor
Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Workshop 2 - Supervising People Who Aren’t You
Creating a positive work environment for all trainees and staff
Friday, August 9, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Workshop 3 - Identifying the Right Candidates for Your Research Team
How to strategically select candidates to reach your goals
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Workshop 4 - Evaluating performance
How to evaluate performance as a new supervisor and mentor
Thursday, August 15, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, research trainees should be able to:

  1. Effectively communicate their expectations as well as their work style.

  2. Apply the TRAIN-UP framework to resolve issues related to training, supervising or mentoring new research trainees of different personality types.

  3. Describe successful practices in hiring a diverse research team (where diversity is defined in broad terms and includes diversity of work styles)

  4. Describe approaches to effectively mentor trainees while creating a supportive climate in the lab.

Contact: Laurence Clement, PhD, Program Director of Academic Career Development, UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development,

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