Leadership and Mentoring Skills


This is a two-semester class that provides participants with the opportunity to study the functions involved in serving as a good mentor and to work with undergraduates as a mentor for one academic year. Through this program, Ph.D. students consider the skills necessary for effective management of classes and laboratories and how to establish professional relationships with undergraduate students to help them realize their academic and professional potential. Students receive a certificate of accomplishment following successful completion of the course.


PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy

The PreDoctoral Leadership Academy (PLDA), is a one-year program designed to provide doctoral students from a broad array of academic disciplines with the supplemental knowledge and skills needed for academic and administrative leadership roles.

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Rutgers Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The Rutgers Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (RASTL) provides advanced graduate students with the opportunity to meet monthly with faculty and administrators to review issues related to undergraduate instruction and contemporary higher education. 

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Effective Research Mentoring of Undergraduates Workshop

This workshop on Effective Research Mentoring of Undergrads led by Drs. Janet AlderEvelyn Erenrich, and Xenia Morin use techniques and case studies from the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) to teach PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows tools and skills to better mentor undergraduate students in a laboratory setting.  Attendees also reflect upon approaches they would use to mentor trainees and employees when they are running a lab or research group in the future. 

Attendees will be able to:

  1. Define what mentoring is and the different kinds of mentoring
  2. Discuss practical ways to mentor an undergraduate
  3. Actively analyze case studies
  4. Develop follow-up plan of action


Topics and interactive case studies include discussion of the following principles of mentoring:

  • Communication
  • Managing student projects
  • Contract for undergrads
  • Aligning expectations
  • Fostering independence
  • Addressing equity and inclusion
  • Assessing understanding
  • Promoting professional development and motivation
  • Dealing with anxiety