Mentoring Workshops

Each year, the Life Sciences Education Office offers a series of monthly lunchtime workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are mentoring undergraduates in the laboratory or field.  The dates for the workshops of the 2015 academic year are: 

  • Monday, January 12 - Guiding students through the fellowship application process & writing recommendation letters for your students
  • Monday, February 9 - Developing research projects with undergraduates
  • Monday, March 9 - Handling challenges & celebrating achievements
  • Monday, April 6 – Panel discussion with undergraduate researchers

All workshops will be from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Northwest Laboratories.  Participants are welcome to attend individual workshops or multiple workshops.  Participants who attend all four workshops will be recognized with a certificate of achievement.

Margaret A. Lynch, Undergraduate Research Advisor in Life Sciences, and Tamara Brenner, Associate Director of Life Sciences Education, facilitate the workshop series. If you are interested in more information, please contact Tamara at 

First Workshop - Monday, January 12, 12:00 - 1:30
Undergraduate Research Fellowships: Guiding students through the application process

The first workshop focuses on undergraduate fellowship applications (including summer programs) and recommendation letters. As the research mentor, you can write recommendation letters, help shepherd your mentees through the application process, and increase their chances of submitting a high quality proposal on time. Because application deadlines for most summer funding sources are in January and February, now is a great time to learn about undergraduate fellowships.

By participating in this workshop, you will learn which fellowships are available to support undergraduate research. Through a discussion of case studies, you will examine the role of the mentor in undergraduate project proposal development and writing, and how to write descriptive and accurate letters of recommendation.