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SCEC Research Mentor Training Workshop


Applications Due: May 10, 2019
Date: June 7 - 8, 2019
Location: USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies
FacilitatorDiana Azurdia

Convener: Gabriela Noriega
Dates: June 7 - 8, 2019
Location: USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, Catalina Island, CA


SCEC’s Office of Experiential Learning and Career Advancement invites you to apply for the first Transitions Program - Research Mentor Training. Effective research mentoring relationships are critical to developing the next generation of geoscientists. This training is designed for early-career scientists and faculty interested in enhancing their mentoring skills and relationships, which is crucial for the development of a better-trained and engaged STEM workforce.

Selected applicants will learn how to improve and promote cultural change that values excellence in research mentoring as a critical aspect of diversifying the geoscience workforce. This training format is designed to provide information to enhance knowledge and skills in a range of mentoring competencies including, but not limited to:

  • Maintaining effective communication
  • Aligning expectations
  • Assessing understanding
  • Addressing equity and inclusion
  • Fostering independence
  • Promoting professional development
  • Cultivating ethical behavior

This two-day training is scheduled on June 7-8 at the University of Southern California’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Catalina Island. There is no fee to participate in this workshop. All participants will lodge at the Wrigley Institute Boone Center and meals will be provided while at the center. Support for travel costs to and from the workshop will be available.



07:30 - 08:00 Boat arrives in San Pedro and passengers board
08:00 - 09:30 Boat ride to Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies
10:00 - 11:00 Lodging Check-In
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 13:00 Housing Orientation
13:00 - 13:30 Introductory Activity (Common Ground)
13:30 - 13:45 Workshop Overview
13:45 - 14:00 Group Dynamics Activity
14:00 - 15:00 Competency 1: Aligning Expectations
15:00 - 15:15 Break
15:15 - 16:15 Competency 2: Maintaining Effective Communication
16:15 - 17:00 Competency 3: Assessing Understanding
18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
19:00 - 20:00 Mixer


07:30 - 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 - 08:15 Intro Activity
08:15 - 09:15 Competency 4: Fostering Independence
09:15 - 10:00 Competency 5: Cultivating Ethical Behavior
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:30 Competency 6: Addressing Equity and Inclusion
11:30 - 12:00 Mentoring Action Plan and Wrap Up
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:00 Wrap Up, continued
14:00 - 17:00 Activity - Snorkel/Hiking 
19:30 - 20:30 Night Sky Talk


07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast
09:00 - 12:00 Activity - Kayak
12:00 - 13:00  Lunch
13:00 - 13:30 Boat departs WIES
15:00 - 15:30 Boat arrives in San Pedro


Diana Azurdia, PhD. serves as the Director for Recruitment and Inclusion for Graduate Programs in Bioscience (a consortium of seven PhD programs with over 800 students and faculty) at the University of California, Los Angeles. In this role, she leads the development and implementation of a strategic plan to enhance diversity in the biomedical graduate student population. Additionally, Dr. Azurdia uses her platform as a National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Master Facilitator to promote inclusive mentoring practices at her home institution where she is the principal investigator of the UCLA Mentor Training Program. The training is offered annually as a ten-week course and is open to graduate students and postdocs in all science disciplines. In addition, she delivers a faculty day- long mentor trainings. She believes conversations with mentees are just as important thus she delivers a number of workshops on how to “Choose the Right Mentor” and “Foster the Mentoring Relationship” to both undergraduate and graduate student audiences. Dr. Azurdia also serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).


It is SCEC policy to foster harassment-free environments wherever our science is conducted. By accepting an invitation to participate in a SCEC-supported event, by email or online registration, participants agree to abide by the SCEC Activities Code of Conduct.