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Research Mentor Training

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Research Mentor Training gives you space to reflect and reinvigorate and provides concrete tools to support a successful mentor/mentee relationship.
Course Number: 
Fulfills Requirements: 
Prerequisite toward the Delta Certificate: Learning Community
Students wishing to take Research Mentor Training for credit must be mentoring a student as part of the seminar
Fall 2019 Schedule: 
See Fall 2019 offerings below
Integrated Science 660: Research Mentor Training

Part of the
Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching


Offered in collaboration
with the Delta program


Offered fall, spring, summer

Mentor training can make the difference between a mutually beneficial and productive mentoring relationship and one that’s draining for the mentor and discouraging for the mentee. Research Mentor Training, based on a nationally recognized curriculum, gives you space to reflect and reinvigorate and provides concrete tools to support a successful mentor/mentee relationship. The curriculum is designed for graduate students, postdocs, and senior undergraduates who are mentoring an undergraduate researcher. The seminar can be taken for one credit or no credit (for-credit option requires having a mentee). Faculty-only sections are available separately.

  • Explore multiple strategies for effective mentoring with case studies, discussions, and readings
  • Compare mentor and mentee goals, and craft a statement of your mentoring philosophy
  • Explore time-management strategies, and discuss relevant issues as they come up
  • Collaborate and problem-solve with a group of peers

Fall 2019 Offerings

INTEGSCI 660, Research Mentor Training

Section 1: 

Facilitator: Sarah Silverman
R 3:00–4:00 (Starting 9/12/2019)
Credits: 1*
Register online


Section 2: 

Facilitator: Andrew Greenberg
T 9:55–11:00 (Starting 9/10/2019)
Credits: 1*

Register online

*For-credit option requires having a mentee.

Amber R. Smith

Associate Director of WISCIENCE & Director of Research Mentor and Mentee Training
Contact Info

(608) 265-0850


Room 118C

445 Henry Mall

Madison, WI 53706

I earned my PhD in Plant Breeding Plant Genetics from UW-Madison and continued my education with a postdoctoral experience centered on developing first-year transition programs for biology students. After working at the University of Michigan in the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, I joined the WISCIENCE staff as the Director of Mentor and Mentee Training.

I coordinate the Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program, coordinate and instruct the Entering Mentoring and Entering Research courses, and oversee the research peer leadership students.

Outside of work, I love hanging out with family, cooking, and spending time outside.