A workshop for graduate students at any training stage in academic research. In this workshop, participants will discuss strategies for improving their self-advocacy skills to communicate their personal and professional needs as they navigate institutional power dynamics as trainees.
A workshop for early to mid-career graduate-level mentees in academic mentored relationships. In this workshop, participants will (1) assess their existing mentor support network and (2) devise strategies to establish and maintain mentored relationships while expanding their mentor support network during career development.
A workshop for graduate students serving as research mentors to others (i.e., undergraduate, rotation, or junior graduate students, research technicians, etc.). In this workshop, graduate student mentors will (1) identify and prioritize mentor roles they might provide for their mentees and (2) discuss tools they can utilize to better communicate and align research expectations with their mentees. Both in-person and virtual mentoring experiences will be discussed.
PART 1: Understanding the Value of Rotations and Setting Your Goals
A primary goal of the first year of graduate school is to identify a dissertation laboratory. Lab rotations are a major mechanism to guide students in this process. Students are currently having to navigate rotations that are partially or wholly virtual due to COVID-19 and restrictions on in-person laboratory activities. This interactive workshop will provide students strategies to maximally leverage both in-person and virtual lab rotation experiences to identify a training environment for...
In this interactive workshop, Danielle Farrell (Director of Student Services in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) will facilitate multiple discussions introducing students to the roles and responsibilities of graduate student peer mentors and support groups. This session is intended to introduce students to the practical application of peer mentoring best practices using resources, contacts and policies at Harvard.
By the end of this session, peer mentors should be able to
- articulate the services offered and describe the function of personnel in the...
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the
In this interactive workshop, Dr. Sarah Schwartz (Suffolk University) and Dr. Jason Heustis (Harvard Medical School) will draw from the best practices outlined in published literature to facilitate discussions and highlight suggestions for peer mentoring in practice.
The topics to be covered include
- a general understanding of good mentoring, mentoring networks and the complementary roles of mentors and other roles (e.g. sponsors)
- evidence of the impact of peer mentoring and the positive outcomes on mentees
Peer mentors can be a vital resource in promoting graduate student success and creating an inclusive, supportive community. Peer mentors may help new students adapt to graduate school as well as provide advice, encouragement and support at various stages during graduate training. Central to the success of peer mentoring relationships is the near-peer connection, where conversations happen naturally around topics of the shared experiences for the mentor and mentee. While similarities help...
Unconscious Bias is a prejudice we have or an assumption we make about another person based on common cultural stereotypes, rather than on thoughtful judgement. Nobody is immune from unconscious bias, regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, orientation, etc., because humans have the tendency to...
Racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical issues that cross all aspects of neuroscience training and have tremendous implications for trainees, mentors, and the future of the field. This virtual workshop, the first in a series, will provide personal experiences on the training process and explore how institutions are approaching these areas to bring about positive change.
In this session, Dr. Gabriel Carillo, DSW, CDFT (Associate Clinical Professor of Social Work, Saint Louis University) is will be faciliating training - targeted for teaching assistants and peer mentors - on recognizing the signs of students struggling with mental health issues when operating in online spaces. Dr. Carillo draws from expertise in social work and knowledge of service delivery using virtual connections.
This session is open to students who are serving as teaching assistants or peer mentors in the coming academic year.
Institutions are becoming more proactive and intentional about their efforts to embrace principles of inclusion, equity, justice, and diversity, and as such, are seeking candidates that will support the enactment of these principles. They will request from job applicants a diversity statement that articulates how the candidate can contribute toward these efforts. In this workshop, we will discuss what, exactly, is a diversity statement, what you might include in the statement, and how it can help you reflect upon your ongoing development as a researcher, teacher, and mentor....
Gain leadership skills as a scientist. We will discuss understanding yourself and how you relate to others. Good communication skills. Developing yourself as a leader without power. This session is specifically for scientists at the undergraduate level.
We all experience setback and disappointments in school, work and life. In this webinar we will look at seven key elements of resilience with a focus on building habits that promote healthier responses and resilient behaviors in the face of set-back in educational and work environments. This is part of our summer Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series 9 Week—the full schedule is pasted below.