Resources for the Postdoctoral Mentoring Certificate

General Resources on Mentoring (choose two items)


Why Become a Mentor? (2022)

Description: NRMN partnered with the Social Scientist community to express the importance of becoming a mentor in the STEMM community. NRMN is excited to share this opportunity with you all to hear from this amazing team of panelists on this important topic.

The Impact of Mentorship Throughout Your Professional Journey (2022):

DescriptionIn this National Mentoring Month webinar, Dr. Marcela Hernandez discusses the impact and change mentorship can have on many different career paths. Dr. Hernandez also shares her experiences and stories.


Inter-institutional Mentorship and Mentor Training (2023)

DescriptionPostdoctoral scholars traditionally receive mentoring from a single research mentor, but research suggests this exacerbates isolation felt by postdocs and that a dyad alone can't meet a postdoc's full mentoring needs. This is particularly worrying for minoritized scholars, who often experience racial/ethnic isolation and increased negative experiences within academic climates. The NSF-funded Promise Academy in the University System of Maryland (USM) has been working to provide multiple mentors in a myriad of formats (staff, peer, sustained and short term) to help postdocs from minoritized backgrounds have more robust academic, professional, and support networks. Inter-institutional collaboration also has led to collaborative mentor training across participating campuses. Learn more about this initiative in this video.

Mentoring Matters, NPAW Keynote Address, Brought to you by Proteintech (2021)

Description: Christine Pfund, Ph.D., discusses the science of mentorship, the need for improved mentorship of postdocs, and what institutions and organizations can do to advance mentorship. John Beacom, Ph.D., discusses his experience in mentorship through real-life practice. The webinar concludes with a facilitated Q&A.


Mentoring: NIH and the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), (2020)

DescriptionMentorship has been shown to be critical for the advancement of biomedical researchers. In this session, you will hear about national efforts to advance the science of mentorship. This session will help mentors and mentees improve their practice and expand their mentoring networks to advance their careers.

Developing & Optimizing Your Mentoring Relationships (2020)

Description: In this session, speakers review the benefits of networking for career development, and strategies for identifying who should be within your developmental network and when, where, and how to identify those individuals. This session highlights important strategies for managing your relationships with mentors and others within your developmental network.


Managing Up to Maximize Mentoring Relationships (2022)
Description: We all need mentors to support and encourage us throughout our educational and career journeys. In this webinar, Sharon Milgram, PhD, talks about the mentoring relationship in research environments, focusing on improving your relationship with your PI, finding mentors, and improving communication and interpersonal interactions. The webinar helps clarify what you need from your supervisors and mentors and addresses how to get what you need from these important interactions.

Sharpening your Mentoring Skills – Part 1 (2020)

Description: In this webinar, learn about the main principles of effective mentoring and self-management, and how to set boundaries and goals for the benefit of learning.

Sharpening your Mentoring Skills – Part 2 (2020)

Description: In this webinar, learn about the main principles of effective feedback in mentoring and how to navigate the challenges related to it.


Research Mentoring: Setting a Framework for Effective Mentoring Relationships (2021)

Description: This webinar gives recommendations on building mentoring relationships with PIs.

Maximizing the Postdoc Experience through Mentoring (2021)

Description: In this session a group of postdocs and former postdocs discusses some of the benefits of serving as a mentor as well as some of the strategies that helped them develop strong mentoring skills.

Reflecting on Postdoc Mentoring: Insights from Student Mentees (2021)

Descriprion:  This session looks at postdoc mentoring from the perspective of students who have been mentored by postdocs. They will share their experiences along with tips for what makes a postdoc an effective mentor.

Joining Forces: The Power of Peer Mentoring for Postdocs (2021)

Description: This panel discussion focuses on peer mentoring among postdocs, with tips on how to establish and maintain those relationships.

Mentoring Up: Yes, You Can Guide Your Relationships with Those Mentoring You! (2021)

Description: Mentoring refers to a set of strategies that can be used by a mentee to guide the mentoring relationship. This session is offered by Dr. Rick McGee who, along with his coauthors, introduced the concept of mentoring up. The session focuses on how postdocs can mentor up to get the most out of their postdoctoral experience, minimizing missteps and miscommunication, and aligning expectations.

Tips and Strategies for Successful Mentoring Relationships: Faculty Perspectives (2021)

Description: A panel of experienced postdoc mentors discusses their views on how to establish and maintain successful mentoring relationships with postdocs and the role that postdocs can play in optimizing the quality of the relationship.

Landry, A., and Lewiss, R.E., What Efficient Mentorship Looks Like. Harvard Business Review, 2020.

Wengert, E., Mentor as you’d want to be mentored, Science, 2021. 

Phases of the mentoring relationship, National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). 

Darling, Lu Ann W. EdD. What To Do About Toxic Mentors. Nurse Educator 11(2):p 29-30, March 1986. 

Beronda Montgomery, Evolving from a focus on mentee to cultivating a mentoring ecosystem, 2019. 

How do I choose a mentor? A postdoc’s guide, The Nerd Coach. 

Masters KS, Kreeger PK. (2017) Ten simple rules for developing a mentor–mentee expectations document. PLoS Comput Biol 13(9): e1005709. 

Lee, A., Dennis, C. & Campbell, P. Nature's guide for mentors. Nature 447, 791–797 (2007).

Chopra, V., Edelson, D.P., and Saint, S. (2016). Mentorship malpractice. JAMA, 315 (14), 1453-1454.

Malmgren, R., Ottino, J.M., and Nunes Amaral, L.A. (June 3, 2010). The role of mentorship in protégé performance. Nature (Letters), 465, 622-626.

Vaughn, V., Saint, S., and Chopra, V. (2017). Mentee missteps: Tales from the academic trenches. JAMA, 317 (5), 475-476.

Culturally Aware and Responsive Mentoring Resources (choose one item)

Cornwall, A.,Mentoring Underrepresented Minority Students (when you are white)Inside Higher Ed, 2020.

Mass Mentoring Culturally Responsive Workbook, by Mass Mentoring

Byars-Winston, A., & Butz, A. R. (2021). Measuring Research Mentors’ Cultural Diversity Awareness for Race/Ethnicity in STEM: Validity Evidence for a New Scale. CBE—Life Sciences Education20(2), ar15.

Womack, V. Y., Wood, C. V., House, S. C., Quinn, S. C., Thomas, S. B., McGee, R., & Byars-Winston, A. (2020). Culturally aware mentorship: Lasting impacts of a novel intervention on academic administrators and faculty. PLoS ONE15(8).

Mentoring Statement Resources



For other resources on mentoring that you might find useful, please visit the Professional Development section of our website:

 Mentoring Resources for Postdocs

Mentoring Resources for Faculty