Leadership and Mentoring Skills

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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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


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Mentoring for Social Justice and Community-Building

The goal of the Mentoring for Social Justice and Community-Building Project – sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies and Douglass Residential College – is to foster mutually beneficial relationships between current graduate students and undergraduates committed to aligning their scholarship, advocacy, and collaborations with social justice principles. Through training graduate students in justice-oriented approaches to mentorship and partnering a cohort of graduate student mentors with Douglass undergraduate mentees, the project aims to generate sustainable near-peer mentoring relationships shaped by common interests, experiences, or aspirations.

The selected cohort of graduate student mentors will be compensated for their time and be eligible to receive a microbadge recognizing their outstanding contributions to mentoring for social justice.

Learn more about the Mentoring for Social Justice and Community-Building Project.