Principal Investigators Association

Mentoring Scientific Minds Guide


The idea of inspiring people in the laboratory can be overwhelming when you think about your day-to-day activities. On one hand, there are pressures from funding agencies as well as project deadlines to meet. On the other hand, you’d like to develop skills in the people that work in the lab in a way that benefits everyone involved…but where to start?
The truth is, teaching and mentoring are vital to the research world. It is a big responsibility, but it is also very fulfilling when done right. With the right set of tools, you can bring out the best in every team member, and sometimes, this may require some tweaking from within. Do you know your strengths and weaknesses as a mentor? Are your goals as a mentor well defined? How will you deal with a difficult mentee? Get the answers to these, and many more questions, inside this new comprehensive guide.
This guide
includes the official Webinar Transcripts for 6 of PIA’s most successful Mentoring Webinars focusing on helping you become an exceptional mentor and leader.

MENTORING_GUIDE_COVER200Inside this 110-pg. guide, you will find expert guidance for:

  • The Mentoring Relationship: What a Good Mentor Should Know
    and What the Mentee Should Anticipate
  • Inspirational Bench Leadership: Developing an “All-Star” Lab Team
  • Building Trust in the Lab: Why Your Mentor-Mentee Relationship
    Depends On It
  • Beyond the Graduate Student: Teaching Undergraduates through Research
  • Teaching Scientific Minds: How Facilitation Can Help Enhance
    Group Learning
  • The Mentee-Mentor Relationship in the Modern Lab: Top Mentee Qualities Revealed
  • And Much More!

    Table of Contents

About the Presenters:

Rick Parmely. After teaching undergraduate chemistry at West Point and Juniata College, Rick joined Restek in 1997 and until recently, directed their technical education program. He taught chemistry and separation science theory through the Restek Learning Network (RLN), and coached other RLN instructors in public speaking. He taught Public Speaking to doctoral and post-doctoral students at Yale, Columbia, and Rockefeller Universities, as part of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program. Recently, Rick presented a full-day, communications workshop at The Pittsburgh Conference. With over 30 years of teaching experience, Rick has taught science and communications courses to widely diverse audiences, including NATO officials, technicians at the U.N. Pesticides Laboratory in Austria, and scientists at the University of Nairobi, Penn State University and UPenn.
Dorothy E. Lewis, PhD, is a  Professor, Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center has a 25-year history of writing grant applications, including vast experience with the new scoring system. She has been teaching since her graduate school days, in both didactic lectures and in small groups of learners. She received the Marc Dresden Excellence in Graduate education award in 2004 from Baylor College of Medicine and a Dean’s Excellence award for teaching medical students in 2013.  She currently conducts Problem-based learning small groups for medical students

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This manual is brought to you as a training tool by the Principal Investigators Association, which is an independent organization. The presented information is not connected with the National Science Foundation (NSF), nor is it endorsed by this agency. All views expressed are those personally held by the authors and are not official government policies or opinions.

This guide is brought to you as a training tool by the Principal Investigators Association, which is an independent organization. The information presented and its contents are not connected with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or the National Science Foundation (NSF), nor are they endorsed by these agencies. All views expressed are those personally held by the author and are not official government policies or opinions.


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