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Effective Mentoring in STEMM

Project Scope:

Under the auspices of BHEW and CWSEM, and in collaboration with BOSE, an ad hoc committee will conduct a study of STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical) mentoring programs and practices at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The study will have a particular focus on identifying evidence (or lack thereof) regarding successful programs for mentoring of individuals traditionally marginalized in STEMM fields, including women, individuals from racial/ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEMM, and first-generation college students.  Guiding questions for the study will include the following:

--What are common definitions and differentiations among the various models of mentoring in STEMM?

--What are the most successful elements of effective mentoring relationships in STEMM education at the various stages of career development?

--How can and should mentees and mentors be trained to be more effective in the mentor-mentee relationship?

The committee will issue a final report and also create an online interactive guide of effective programs and practices that can be adopted and adapted by institutions, departments, and individual faculty members.

Status: Current


Project Duration (months): 22 month(s)

RSO: Dahlberg, Maria

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 05/08/2018

Dr. Angela Byars-Winston - (Chair)
Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, is a Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Medicine and Director of Research and Evaluation at the University of Washington Center for Women’s Health Research. Her research investigates cultural influences on academic and career development, especially for racial and ethnic minorities and women in the sciences, engineering, and medicine. Dr. Byars-Winston is co-investigator on the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) grant from the NIH in the Mentor Training Core through which she is leading the Culturally Aware Mentorship initiative. She was selected as a 2011 Champion of Change by the White House for her research efforts to diversify science fields, is an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association, and was recognized by the UW as a 2014 Outstanding Woman of Color. Dr. Byars-Winston is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board of Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) and the STEM Equity Pipeline National Advisory Board.
Dr. Erin Dolan
Erin Dolan, PhD, is a Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Innovative Science Education at the University of Georgia. Dr. Dolan served as founding Executive Director of the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Sciences (TIDES), the teaching innovation initiative in the College of Natural Sciences at University of Texas Austin. She has designed and led a wide range of professional development on active learning and mentoring, including intensive sessions for faculty to develop course-based undergraduate research experiences. Dr. Dolan is principal investigator or co-investigator on more than $10 million in grants, including one for CUREnet, a network of people and programs integrating research experiences into undergraduate courses. She is also the editor-in-chief of the CBE-Life Science Education journal.
Joe G.N. Garcia, M.D.
Joe G. N. (Skip) Garcia, MD, is a world-renowned pulmonary physician-scientist, Endowed Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Garcia served as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the University of Arizona in 2013, Dr. Garcia served as Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Illinois, and served as the Earl M. Bane Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois - Chicago. Dr. Garcia is a passionate advocate for the training of physician-scientists and is an active supporter of minority medical and science students. He has nurtured many minority students at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago, guiding them into MD and PhD programs.
Dr. Juan E. Gilbert
Juan E. Gilbert, PhD, is The Banks Preeminence Chair in Human-Centered Computing and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida where he leads the Human Experience Research Lab. Dr. Gilbert also serves as Director of the Institute for African American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS). He is also a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, an Association for Computing Machinery Distinguished Scientist and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Dr. Sylvia Hurtado
Sylvia Hurtado, PhD, is Professor in the Division of Higher Education and Organizational Change at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently Director of the Higher Education Research Institute, which houses the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP). CIRP is the longest-running empirical study of higher education involving data collection on students and faculty. Her numerous publications focus on undergraduate education, student development in college, and diversity in higher education. She is past President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and served on the boards of the Higher Learning Commission and initiatives of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Recent national projects include research on how colleges are preparing students to participate in a diverse democracy (U.S. Department of Education), the pathways of underrepresented students’ in scientific research and professional careers (National Institutes of Health/National Science Foundation), and student and institutional outcomes of diverse and broad access institutions in higher education (Ford Foundation).
Dr. Laura Lunsford
Laura Gail Lunsford, PhD, is professor and department head of psychology at Campbell University. She previously directed the Swain Center for executive education in the Cameron School of Business at UNC Wilmington and has served as the alumni director at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and as founding full-time director of the Park Scholarships at NC State. She was previously a tenured associate professor in psychology at the University of Arizona. She has published over 40 peer reviewed articles, chapters, and books on mentoring and leadership development, including the definitive Handbook for Managing Mentoring Programs. She has presented on mentoring at conferences sponsored by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, American Educational Research Association, among others. The Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Institute for Education Science, and the LUCE Foundation have funded her work. In 2009 she was honored with the International Mentoring Association’s Dissertation Award. Her BA and PhD are from NC State University and her MS is from UNC Greensboro.
Dr. Richard McGee, Jr.
Richard (Rick) McGee, PhD, is the Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment and Professional Development, and a Professor of Medical Education at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His primary research and academic interests are in the development of young scientists including the science of how undergraduate and PhD students fine-tune career decision with a longitudinal study of 500 students; application and study of new coaching-based models to support early PhD students; use of group-based models to assist junior faculty develop as scientists; and a randomized controlled trial of a totally different approach to fostering diversity in academia.
Dr. Christine Pfund
Christine (Chris) Pfund, PhD, is a Researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Pfund conducts research with several programs across the UW campus including the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) and the Center for Women’s Health Research (CWHR). Her work focuses on developing, implementing, documenting, and studying a seminar to train research mentors across science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). She has co-authored a manual for facilitators of this seminar, Entering Mentoring, and co-authored several papers documenting the effectiveness of this approach. Currently, Dr. Pfund is co-leading two studies focused on the impact of training on both mentors and mentees and understanding specific factors in mentoring relationships that account for positive student outcomes including the role of culture. Dr. Pfund is one of five principal investigators awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a National Research Mentoring Network. Dr. Pfund will direct the National Mentor Training Core. She is also Director of the newly established Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), housed in WCER.
Dr. Christiane Spitzmueller
Dr. Christiane Spitzmueller is Professor of Industrial Organizational Psychology at the University of Houston, where she conducts research and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in occupational health psychology, work motivation, and personality in the workplace. She is a published researcher in specific areas such as technical training, work-family satisfaction, and employee safety and engagement. Dr. Spitzmueller received her Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Bowling Green State University in 2003.
Dr. Keivan Stassun
Keivan G. Stassun, PhD, is the Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research for the College of Arts and Science, and Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Autism and Innovation at Vanderbilt University. He is also the Director of the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-intensive Astrophysics (VIDA) and holds and an Adjunct Professor of Physics appointment at Fisk University. Dr. Stassun is also passionate about his role as a mentor and educator—in particular about encouraging underrepresented groups to become scientists.
Dr. Renetta Tull
Renetta Tull, PhD, is Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and Professor of the Practice in UMBC’s College of Engineering and Information Technology. She is also Founding Director and Co-Principle Investigator for the 12-institution National Science Foundation University System of Maryland’s (USM) PROMISE AGEP, and Co-Director/Co-Principle Investigator for the National Science Foundation USM’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). In addition to roles at UMBC and roles with grants, Dr. Tull is also part of the University System of Maryland’s Academic Affairs unit in Adelphi, Maryland, serving the USM as Special Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and USM Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development.

Committee Membership Roster Comments

Member Biography for Sylvia Hurtado added on 12/04/2017.
Entry for Tammy Allen removed on 5/8/18.
Entry for Christiane Spitzmueller added on 5/8/18.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

The composition of the committee was well-considered to manifest the necessary expertise in cross-cultural mentoring and diversity initiatives while maintaining a relatively small number of members. By convening practitioners such as higher education STEMM faculty who have records as successful mentors from their students' points of view along with experts with research records on effective practices in STEMM research, in business-based best practices, and in promotion of underrepresented populations in STEMM, the committee composition is intended to reflect both the views of both researchers and practitioners. Concurrently, the study process is designed to solicit voices from a wider range of individuals through three (3) 40-person workshops. We will endeavor to include perspectives not represented on this committee by inviting individuals to join in one of these three regional workshops.



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April 11
8:15 Closed Committee session
9:45 Workshop framing remarks
• Angela Byars-Winston, University of Wisconsin-Madison
• Richard (Rick) McGee, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
10:15 Topic 1: New methods and approaches
• Lillian Turner Eby, University of Georgia
10:45 Facilitated breakout session 1
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Topic 2: Assessment and metrics
• (Speaker to be Confirmed)
13:30 Facilitated breakout session 2
14:45 Break
15:15 Topic 3: Team and other forms of mentorship
• Linda Pololi, Brandeis and C-Change
15:45 Facilitated breakout session 3
17:00 Break
17:30 Reception
18:00 Dinner
18:45 Plenary speaker
• Nora Dominguez, Mentoring Institute and International Mentoring Association
19:15 Discussion
19:30 Adjourn day 1

April 12
9:00 Closed Committee session
9:30 Breakfast
10:00 Reconvening remarks
• Angela Byars-Winston, University of Wisconsin-Madison
10:15 Topic 4: Cross- or interdisciplinary perspectives
• Audrey Murrell, University of Pittsburgh
10:45 Facilitated breakout session 4
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Breakout group reports and closing remarks
13:15 Adjourn Workshop
13:45 Closed Committee session
15:00 Adjourn
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University of Wisconsin—Madison
Health Sciences Learning Center 2216
Madison, WI 53792
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11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lunch with guests as we enter open session
12:15 pm. – 12:45 p.m. Remarks from Richard Page, George R. and Elaine Love Professor and Chair of Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
12:45 pm. – 2:30 p.m. Project Sponsors Comments (virtually):
• Elizabeth Boylan (The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)
• David Asai (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
• Victoria McGovern (Burroughs Wellcome Fund)
• Maggie Walser (Gulf Research Program)
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break as guests leave before returning to closed session
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Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Angela Byars-Winston
Erin Dolan (virtual)
Joe (Skip) G.N. Garcia
Juan Gilbert (virtual)
Laura Lunsford
Richard (Rick) McGee
Christine Pfund
Renetta Tull

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Bias and Conflict of Interest Discussion
Discussion of the NAS Report Review Process.
Discussed the Committee Statement of Task and Scope of Work.
Discussion on the Committee Process and Timeline.
Discussed Potential Workshop Topics.
Discussed the Goals of the Study and Broader Questions.
Discussion on Mentoring in Other BHEW/CWSEM Projects.
Discussion of Potential Topics for Commissioned Papers

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:


Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 22, 2017


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