Mentoring Workshops

2017 Mentor Certificate Awardees

The Science Education Office offers a series of Science Mentoring workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are mentoring Harvard undergraduates in the laboratory or field.  

To learn more, please contact Margaret A. Lynch, PhD, Associate Director of Science Education.

 

Science Mentoring Workshop Intensives Winter/Spring 2018

Part 1. Undergraduate Research Fellowships & Writing Recommendation Letters / Developing Research Projects with Undergraduates

Workshop facilitators: Margaret A. Lynch, PhD and Anna Babakhanyan, PhD

The first part of the workshop focuses on undergraduate fellowship applications (including summer programs) and writing recommendation letters. By participating in this workshop, you will learn which fellowships are available to Harvard undergraduates to support their undergraduate research. Through a discussion of case studies, you will examine the role of the mentor in the application process, and how to write descriptive and accurate letters of recommendation. The second part of the mentoring workshop focuses on developing undergraduate research projects. Mentoring an undergraduate can be both rewarding and challenging. In this workshop, you will learn how to design undergraduate-friendly research projects, set appropriate expectations, and foster effective communication. We’ll discuss several cases studies to explore these topics in more detail.

  • Jan 10, 2018         10:00 - 2:00            NW Laboratories Room 353
  • Jan 23, 2018         10:00 - 2:00            NW Laboratories Room 353

*HMS workshop will be held on Jan 9, 2018 10:30 – 2:30  
TMEC 328, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
 

Part 2. Mentoring Undergraduates: Handling Challenges, Celebrating Successes, & Responding to Student Science Writing

Workshop facilitators: Margaret A. Lynch, PhD and Anna Babakhanyan, PhD

This second workshop intensive focuses on handling challenging situations, celebrating achievements, and supporting student science writing. Through discussion of case studies, you will learn about common mistakes in mentorship and strategies to prevent and address problems. We will also discuss ways to recognize and celebrate success of your mentees. The second part of the mentoring workshop focuses on supporting student science writing. Through examination and analysis of undergraduate writing, you will explore strategies to help you support and improve your mentees skills in writing scientific proposals and abstracts without rewriting those documents yourself.

  • March 6, 2018     10:00 - 2:00            NW Laboratories Room 353
  • March 28, 2018   10:00 - 2:00            NW Laboratories Room 353

*HMS workshop will be held on May 9, 2018 10:30 – 2:30 
TMEC 328, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
 

Part 3. Undergraduate Researcher Panel

Workshop facilitators: Margaret A. Lynch, PhD and Anna Babakhanyan, PhD

The final workshop of the series is a panel discussion with Harvard senior undergraduate researchers. Hear directly from students what it’s like to be an undergraduate doing science research at Harvard. Bring your questions for discussion.   

  • April 11, 2018      12:00 - 2:00           Yenching Auditorium, 2 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA

To register for the Harvard location please sign up online www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080B4FADAC2FA2FF2-mentoring 

HMS registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mentoring-in-science-undergrads-in-the-lab-... Please contact the HMS Postdoc Office to register for the HMS workshops.

Registrations Questions: please contact Anna Babakhanyan if you want to add your name on the waiting list or have registration questions.