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Managing Mentoring: Cultivating Successful Mentoring Relationships in STEM Labs

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building


This workshop centers around an analysis of a series of mentoring interactions that occur between the members of a lab group, including a PI, postdoc, and graduate students. It invites participants to act as critical observers of this extended case study to identify common challenges mentors and mentees face in navigating these high stakes relationships in STEM settings. Participants explore the differing expectations and experiences that faculty and graduate students bring to mentoring relationships, using this exploration to consider the dynamics, processes, and behaviors that commonly create barriers to cultivating successful mentoring relationships and often lead to frustration for both mentor and mentee.

Participants will:

  • Consider the challenges and opportunities the lab environment provides for developing successful and mutually beneficial mentoring practices, with particular attention to power dynamics and social identity
  • Identify tensions and missed opportunities that commonly occur in long-term mentoring relationships
  • Reflect on their own practices as mentor or mentee
  • Explore role-specific strategies that anticipate and respond to common mentoring challenges

This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited. For faculty and staff, please contact to see if we can accommodate your attendance.

Pre-registration is required at

Last updated: February 9, 2018 - 8:55am