Resources for Mentoring Graduate Students & Postdocs
The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity for Graduate Students & Postdocs offers a plethora of developmental and informational programs designed to help you move your students and postdocs smoothly through research and the job market. These programs include webinars, dissertation and article success resources, workshops, and much more. The U has an institutional membership to this service, so many of these offerings are free.
Focused on the postdoc experience but helpful for all future-minded scientists, Making the Right Moves helps walk you through the planning necessary for a successful career. Based on workshops co-sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and HHMI, this book is a collection of practical advice and experiences from seasoned biomedical investigators and includes chapters on laboratory leadership, getting funded, project management, and course design.
This University of Utah hub gives practical advice for the development of strong, professional mentorship of postdoctoral researchers. Both practical and expansive, this site is a must-visit for any faculty member currently working with postdocs or planning to in the future.
The Purdue University Graduate Council has established that “The advisory role of the major professor is arguably the most significant factor influencing quality of education, development of professional skills, and overall career success for Purdue graduate students” (Purdue University, 2017). Because scholarly writing is a required element for successful completion of the doctoral degree, it is one aspect of graduate education that warrants particular attention as part of that advisory role. Writing at the graduate level is a professional skill that requires much mentoring from faculty, including both those who act as a major professor and others with whom a graduate student might work in a classroom, laboratory, or office. This document helps prepare faculty to serve as an excellent mentor of graduate student writing.