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Project Information

Project Information


The Science of 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

PIN: PGA-BHEW-17-02

Project Duration (months): 22 month(s)

RSO: Dahlberg, Maria



Geographic Focus:
North America

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 05/08/2018

Angela Byars-Winston - (Chair)
ANGELA BYARS-WINSTON, Ph.D., (chair) is a Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) Department of Medicine and Director of Research and Evaluation in the UW 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. She 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. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board of Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) and the STEM Equity Pipeline National Advisory Board.
Erin Dolan
ERIN DOLAN, Ph.D., is a Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Innovative Science Education at the University of Georgia. She 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 teaches introductory biology and biochemistry, and her research group studies scalable ways of engaging students in science research and mentoring of undergraduate researchers in the life sciences. 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. She is also the editor-in-chief of the CBE-Life Science Education journal.
Juan E. Gilbert
JUAN E. GILBERT, PhD, is the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida where he leads the Human Experience Research Lab. He 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 ACM Distinguished Scientist and a Senior Member of the IEEE. In 2012, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama. He also received the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014 Mentor Award. Dr. Gilbert received the 2018 Computer Research Association's A. Nico Habermann Award.
Sylvia Hurtado
SYLVIA HURTADO, PhD, is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, in the Division of Higher Education and Organizational Change. 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).
Laura Lunsford
LAURA LUNSFORD, PhD, is professor and department head of psychology at Campbell University. She previously directed the H. David and Diane Swain Center for Business and Economic Services at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and has served as the alumni director at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, as founding full-time director of the Park Scholarships at North Carolina State, and as an association professor in psychology at the University of Arizona. She is an expert on mentoring, leader development, and developing optimal relationships. She has published 40 case studies, chapters, and peer reviewed articles on these topics. She wrote the definitive A Handbook for Managing Mentoring Programs, co-edited the Sage Handbook of Mentoring, and co-authored Developing Faculty in Liberal Arts Colleges. She is a frequent speaker on mentoring and often leads workshops to train mentors. Her BA and PhD is from NC State University, and her MA is from the University of NC, Greensboro. She was the 2009 recipient of the International Mentoring Association’s Dr. Hope Richardson Dissertation Award. Her work on mentoring has been funded by the Department of Education, the Institute for Education Sciences, and the National Science Foundation.
Richard McGee, Jr.
RICHARD (RICK) McGEE, PhD, is the Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment & Professional Development and a Professor of Medical Education at Northwestern University’s 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 student 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; a randomized controlled trial of a totally different approach to fostering diversity in academia.
Christine Pfund
CHRISTINE (CHRIS) PFUND, PhD, is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research 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 four principal investigators of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). She directs both the Mentor Training and Administrative Cores of NRMN. Dr. Pfund is also director of the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), housed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Christiane Spitzmueller
CHRISTIANE SPITZMUELLER, Ph.D., is Professor of Industrial Organizational Psychology at the University of Houston (UH), where she conducts research and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in occupational health psychology, work motivation, and personality in the workplace. Her research focuses in areas such as technical training, work-family satisfaction, and employee safety and engagement. She is also the managing director for the Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success (ADVANCE). ADVANCE aims to increase the number and success of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and behavioral sciences fields by recruiting more diverse faculty, providing clear opportunities for advancement and career development, and providing an inclusive and balanced work environment. Dr. Spitzmueller received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University and joined the faculty of the University of Houston in 2003, becoming full professor in 2017.
Keivan Stassun
KEIVAN G. STASSUN, PhD, is Stevenson Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research for the College of Arts and Science, and Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Autism & 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. His research focuses on formation of stars and planetary systems and increasingly involves approaches at the interface of astronomy, physics, computer science, and informatics. He served as co-chair the Vanderbilt Chancellor's Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community during the 2015-16 academic year and as co-director of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge program from 2004-2015. Dr. Stassun is also passionate about his role as a mentor and educator—in particular about encouraging underrepresented groups to become scientists. He received the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.
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 IT. She is also Founding Director and Co-PI for the 12-institution National Science Foundation University System of Maryland’s (USM) PROMISE AGEP, and Co-Director/Co-PI for the NSF USM’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). In addition to roles at UMBC and roles with grants, she is also part of the University System of Maryland’s headquarters staff, serving the USM as Special Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, and USM Director of Graduate & Professional Pipeline Development. Internationally, Tull is Vice President of Initiatives for the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI), and serves on the global Engineering Report II Team for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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.
Entry for Joe Garcia removed on 11/7/18.


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.

Events



Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617
Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

The second of three evidence and information gathering workshops hosted by the Committee on the Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine), please join fellow researchers, mentors, and mentees as we develop a shared understanding of three commissioned papers. This day-long event is designed to examine the evidence and engage the presentations from scholarly as well as lived experiences.

The agenda of the workshop will feature presentations from the authors of three commissioned papers on metrics, models, and identities in STEMM mentoring relationships as well as facilitated, highly interactive sessions to collate and compile feedback on the preliminary findings from the participants.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Maria Lund Dahlberg
Contact Email:  mentoring@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3373

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

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
Juan E. Gilbert
Sylvia Hurtado
Laura Gail Lunsford
Richard (Rick) McGee
Christine (Chris) Pfund
Christiane Spitzmüller
Keivan G. Stassun (Via Zoom)
Renetta Tull

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Workshop preparation
Critical literature review
Report structure

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

Draft commission papers
Relevant literature

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
November 14, 2018
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

Designed to identify successful evidence-based practices and metrics for mentorship in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine, and Mathematics) career pathways, this contributory workshop will target 40 to 50 thought leaders in practice, research and theory related to effective mentorship in STEMM. The particular focus will be on identifying emergent knowledge, theories, research methods, and practices, across disciplines, domains and developmental stages.

The agenda of the workshop includes a combination of thought-provoking presentations by leading scholars and practitioners like you as well as structured, highly interactive sessions to collate and compile the deeply rich knowledge of participants.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Maria Dahlberg
Contact Email:  mdahlberg@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3372

Agenda
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
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

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
Joe (Skip) Garcia
Juan E. Gilbert
Sylvia Hurtado
Laura Gail Lunsford
Richard (Rick) McGee
Christine (Chris) Pfund
Keivan G. Stassun
Renetta Tull

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Workshop reactions
Committee Process

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
November 14, 2018
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

University of Wisconsin—Madison
Health Sciences Learning Center 2216
Madison, WI 53792
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Maria Lund Dahlberg
Contact Email:  mentoring@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3373

Agenda
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
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

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:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 22, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications

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Publications

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