Research Mentor Training

The Graduate School offers training for mentors of graduate, postdoctoral, and undergraduate researchers. We use the curriculum developed by the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). The efficacy of this program for mentors and their mentees is supported by both qualitative and quantitative data (learn more from the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research, or CIMER).

This interactive training uses materials such as realistic case studies and sample compacts between mentors and mentees to promote discussion and reflection. With the help of trained facilitators, participants discuss these materials in small groups, and leave with plenty of new ideas and strategies to try and a more nuanced understanding of the mentoring relationship. The topics include aligning expectations with mentees, maintaining effective communication, addressing equity and inclusion, fostering independence, and promoting well-being.  

Join the more than 300 UMass faculty who have taken the training! Even experienced mentors report that they find it to be beneficial. We also offer this training to graduate students and postdocs.

Questions? Email mentortraining@grad.umass.edu.

Upcoming Research Mentor Training

Please register only if you are able to make all 3 days of training!

June 6th-8th

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • 9:00am-12:00pm each day
  • In person (location TBA)
  • Coffee, tea, pastries and fruit will be provided each day
  • Open to faculty from all disciplines
  • Register for this mentor training (please note you must be logged in with your UMass NetID!)

We cannot offer the option of attending these sessions remotely - the interactive nature of these trainings makes hybrid offerings infeasible. We have offered several trainings online over the past 2 years, and may continue to offer these occasionally in the future.

Faculty Mentoring Handbook

Download "A Guide for Mentoring Graduate Students at UMass Amherst," a document of best practices and helpful links for faculty mentors.

Advice for Supporting Graduate Students in Times of Stress contains specific advice for both mentors and graduate programs, as well as links to many resources.