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Mentoring Fundamentals

In category: Teaching and Mentoring Programs

Do you want to improve your mentoring and managing skills? Do you want to work more effectively with undergraduates, graduate students and research assistants? Do you want to develop your mentoring skills in order to prepare for the academic job market? Come to this 2-day workshop!


Postdoctoral Scholars who work or anticipate working with undergraduate and graduate students, and who would like to assess their competencies and build their skills as mentors. 


This 2-day workshop provides hands-on training to improve the mentoring skills of participants. We will shed light on your mentoring style, and provide feedback for how to interact with mentees and mentors of differing styles. This interactive workshop uses case studies, scenarios, and small groups to explore a variety of situations and to illustrate the challenges and rewards of mentoring. 


Participants will:

  • explore one's own learning and teaching style and how it impacts mentoring

  • improve your skills as a mentor and project manager

  • learn from case studies common issues, challenges around mentoring, in an open discussion with peers and faculty mentors


Sofie R Kleppner, PhD, is the Associate Vice Provost and Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs for Stanford University. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed postdoctoral training at the Brain Research Institute, UCLA. Following several years in the biotech industry, she joined the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute as Program Officer and then Associate Director. Her experience in academia and biotech led to a deep interest in the role of mentoring, and the traits of effective mentors.

Robin Sugiura, MA, is the Director of Postdoctoral Training in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, where she manages curricular strategy for professional development, in addition to leading Stanford's DEI efforts for the postdoctoral population.  Prior to her PhD work at Stanford, she spent nearly a decade in Japan running a communications consulting business, developing communication strategy and delivering tailored curriculum for Japanese firms expanding their businesses internationally.

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