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Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring: An Online Curriculum for the Professional Development of Research Mentors

Mentoring is an effective, adaptable, and practical strategy for supporting the development of a successful faculty career. The University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute has developed a free, online, professional development course designed to prepare faculty from a range of disciplines to be effective research mentors for junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students.

Register and begin the course.

About the Course
"Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring" is free and available to all.

Research mentors who complete this online course will gain the skills and tools necessary to form effective mentoring relationships.

Content is organized into five modules that cover mentoring models, mentor roles and responsibilities, structure and dynamics of the mentoring relationship, and strategies for facilitating, and addressing challenges to, the mentoring process. The course engages learners through text, audio, mini-presentations, self-assessments, and other interactive activities.

The course takes approximately 90-120 minutes to complete. Learners can proceed through the five modules sequentially or as self-selected topics to explore, and may return to complete the course at another time.

After completion of the course, learners complete a Mentoring Action Plan and a Course Improvement Survey. Finally, mentors gain access to a toolkit containing helpful resources, including all those referenced during the course.

This curriculum was developed by faculty members from across the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center with leadership from Drs. Anne Marie Weber-Main, Esam El-Fakahany, and Janet Shanedling.

Interested in becoming a CTSI mentor?

Looking for high-caliber students for summer research projects? CTSI and the Center for Health Equity (CHE) are currently seeking mentors for scholars in the Summer Advanced Research Program (ARP) and the Undergraduate Research Program (URP). The ARP (graduate health professional students) and URP (undergraduate) scholars will work full-time for the 8-12 week program this summer.

Scholars in these programs participate in a research project under the direct supervision of University of Minnesota faculty mentor and participate in weekly seminars and networking activities. Approximately one month after the program, scholars convene at the CTSI Poster Session to present the results of their research to other scholars and mentors.

Join our list of summer program mentors.

Benefits of Becoming a CTSI/CHE Mentor

  • Opportunity to provide mentorship to rising stars
  • Making connections with CTSI and CHE Education Programs
  • Networking with other mentors conducting clinical and translational and health equity research
  • Gain access to valuable mentoring resources and training
  • Become eligible for the prestigious CTSI Mentor of the Year Award

After you join the list, interested students will contact you to discuss potential mentorship. You may have an initial meeting with students to discuss projects and their interests, and are under no obligation to take on students.

Questions? Contact CTSI program staff, Michelle Lamere at, or CHE program staff, Megan Hoffman at

CTSI Mentor of the Year Award

 About the Mentor of the Year Award
The annual CTSI Mentor of the Year Award recognizes outstanding research mentors, using nominations provided by the mentees themselves.

Mentors are evaluated based on the research guidance they provided as well as their interpersonal and motivational skills, promotion of career development, mentor training record, and NIH biosketch.

Mentors for any current or past CTSI-Ed Scholar are eligible for this award.

Application Information
We are not currently accepting applications. Please check back in late Spring 2014 for details about this year’s Mentor of the Year Award. 

Award Winners

2013: Carol Lange, PhD
Read more about Dr. Lange and her nomination.

2012: Betsy Seaquist, MD
Read more about Dr. Seaquist and her nomination.

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