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Diversity at the University


xavier-university-of-louisiana-studentsBUILD Xavier

BUILD Xavier (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) is a part of a larger initiative by the National Institutes of Health: Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-funded workforce. Xavier University of Louisiana has developed a program called Project PATHWAYS, which includes several components targeting students, faculty, and several non-academic centers on Xavier’s campus.

The University of Rochester is one of the partnering institutions with Xavier University. This program encourages diversity in the scientific research workforce. There are two aims:

  • Pilot research projects for Xavier faculty research projects that have great potential for future funding
  • Xavier students interested in graduate school to pursue summer research projects at partner schools

This partnership has tremendous potential to help attract more diverse graduate students and faculty. For more information, please contact Ashley N. Campbell.

urmentorsUR Mentors

UR Mentors is a new course that utilizes case material from the Rochester CTSI mentor development course, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and others as appropriate. The overarching goal is to build a community of dedicated, expert faculty Master Mentors who are maximally effective at enhancing the careers of their protégés.  One expected outcome is that UR Mentors will function as faculty resource persons within their respective departments, be able to coach less experienced mentors and advise department chairs or training program directors who wish to develop mentoring programs. Workshops are conducted by a multidisciplinary team of senior faculty who are experts in professional development, medical education and mentoring. Many of the faculty have been recognized for their expertise in mentoring through competitive awards. To learn more about this program please contact Vivian Lewis.

  • UR Mentors on River Campus… (January 2016 Launch)
  • UR Mentors with UR Best (January 2016 Launch)
  • Pilot Program with CTSI (January- May 2015)

EverBetterEver Better Mentoring

In the spirit of Meliora, the Rochester Clinical Translational Science Institute created a hybrid online, face-to-face course for research mentors in 2007 to help assure that all trainees received appropriate mentoring. We are now offering this highly successful mentoring course to all URMC faculty.

The course is designed to help faculty improve their mentoring practice through a series of online cases followed by a single face-to-face workshop. The online portion of the course fosters reflection through self-directed exercises and supplemental readings- applicable to mentors of learners at different levels of expertise (students to early career faculty).  The face-to-face component allows mentors to share their experiences and challenges and in the process of discussion, gain additional skills- regardless of their level of experience (from novice to seasoned mentors).

For more information please contact Katie Libby or Vivian Lewis.

Previous Events and Mentoring Resources

fuhrmannApril 2015: Mentoring Workshop with Dr. Furhman

The Center for Professional Development presented a special session for graduate students and postdocs with Cynthia N. Fuhrmann, PhD, Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School.Dr. Fuhrmann is the co-author of the online tool “myIDP” hosted by AAAS/Science. This session gave graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to interact with Dr. Fuhrmann and informally discuss questions they had regarding their own individual development plans.

Sponsored by The Clinical and Translational Science Institute and The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity

Presentation Material: Fuhrmann-IDP-Presentation

3/16/09 2:16:18 PM -- Boston, MAPortrait of SMG Prof. Kathy Kram photographed for Builders and Leaders.Photo by Kalman Zabarsky for Boston University PhotographyApril 2014: Mentoring Workshop with Kathy Kram

The Office for Faculty Development and Diversity invited Kathy Kram, PhD, the Shipley Professor in Management at the Boston University School of Management, to campus on April 25. A leading expert on mentoring and leadership development in both industry and academia, Dr. Kram is author of numerous scholarly books and articles and she is frequently interviewed for Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.

Dr. Kram discussed academic career development during two workshops, focusing on her approach to mentoring for mid-career faculty.

Presentation Material: Kathy_Kram_presentation  and Developmental_Network Assessment Handout

October 9, 2013: Mentoring Workshop with Mentoring Panel

Part I: Role of Mentoring in Launching an Academic Career – Mentoring Panel Members included Richard Libby, PhD, Supriya Mohile, PhD, and Eric Phizicky, PhD. Part II: Launching Research and Scholarly Careers featuring a UR Resources Panel. Presented by the CTSI and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity.

January 2013: Mentoring Workshop with Mentoring Panel

On January 22, a panel discussion was held with the authors of a recent article in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education: “Love Letters: An Anthology of Constructive Relationship Advice Shared Between Junior Mentees and Their Mentors” (click here for article).  All authors are from the University of Rochester and discussed frustrations and good advice on improving the mentor-mentee relationship.

2011-2014: Pathfinder: Multidimensional Mentoring Study 

A new study titled Researcher Resilience through Multidimensional Mentoring- an upstate New York Initiative investigates the role of two different types of trainee and faculty mentoring education (workshops for mentors and peer mentor groups) in promoting resilience.  The Principal Investigator is Dr. Vivian Lewis, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity.  For more information on the study, click here.

wardSpring 2012: Mentoring Conference with Denham Ward and Deborah Fowell

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, in collaboration with CTSI, hosts a workshop on Mentoring each spring.  The 2012 workshop “Mentoring: Tales from the Front” featured Denham Ward, chair emeritus of Department of Anesthesiology, and Deborah Fowell, associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.  Both speakers received mentoring awards from URMC in 2011.

mcgee_richardOctober 17, 2012 Mentors, Coaches and the Sociology of Science

Mentors, Coaches and the Sociology of Science:A New Approach to the Development of Young Scientists presented by Richard Mc Gee, Jr., PhD, Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment & Professional Development, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. (Only available on the URMC Faculty Intranet)

January 2011: National Mentoring Month

The Office for Faculty Development and Diversity put together a way for you to thank and honor your mentor!

poodryhiFall 2011: Mentoring Workshop with Dr. Clifton Poody

Clifton Poodry, PhD, Director of the NIH Division of Minority Opportunities in Research, visited Rochester on October 12, 2011. To view the webcast, click here.

Fall 2010: Mentoring Report

The Office for Faculty Development and Diversity, with support from the Faculty Working Group on Mentoring, completed a Mentoring Report in the Fall of 2010.  This report, which has been accepted by the Deans, Provost, and President, concludes that mentoring is an important need throughout the University and provides general principles and recommendations for each school to increase mentoring here at Rochester.  To read this report, please click here. (Only available on the URMC Faculty Intranet)


Online Resources


A New Approach to Mentoring
From Wall Street Journal, by Kathy Kram

“How” to Find a Mentor
From Bio Careers, by Lauren Celano

The Role of Postdocs, PIs and Institutions in Training Future Scientists
From ASBMB Today, by Zoe Fonseca-Kelly, Darwin Operario, L. David Finger, Jr., Anthony Baucum, Jr.

Selecting Your Mentor
From the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Training Postdocs: Communication is Key
From Science Careers, by Laura Bonetta


Mentoring Mondays
From the American Society for Microbiology


Matches STEM trainees with mentors in compatible and effective mentoring partnerships that encourage persistence and support academic success.

Mentoring Plans for Postdoctoral Scholars
From the National Postdoctoral Association

Mentoring Resources
From the National Postdoctoral Association