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SCEC Workshop: Research Mentor Training Workshop


Date: September 8, 2019
Time: 8am - 12pm
Location: Hilton Palm Springs Resort

Convener: Gabriela Noriega
Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019 (8am - 12pm)
Location: Hilton Palm Springs Resort

SUMMARY: Effective research mentoring relationships are critical to developing the next generation of geoscientists. This workshop is designed for anyone in the SCEC community who is interested in enhancing their mentoring skills and relationships, which is crucial for the development of a better-trained and engaged STEM workforce and 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 such as:

  • Maintaining effective communication
  • Aligning expectations
  • Addressing equity and inclusion
  • Fostering independence
  • Cultivating ethical behavior

Enrollment for this workshop is limited. While priority consideration will be given to applicants who have transitioned to faculty positions in the last five years, we encourage anyone interested in effective research mentoring relationships and in developing the next generation of geoscientists to participate. 

Click here to register for this event.


08:00 - 08:15 Introduction to Research Mentor Training  
08:15 - 08:45 Competency 1: Aligning Expectations   
08:45 - 09:45 Competency 2: Maintaining Effective Communication  
09:45 - 10:00 Break  
10:00 - 10:45 Competency 3: Assessing Understanding  
10:45 - 11:45 Competency 4: Addressing Equity and Inclusion  
11:45 - 12:00 Mentoring Action Plan and Wrap Up  


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).

Questions? Email gnoriega@usc.edu.

This event is supported by SCEC’s Office of Experiential Learning and Career Advancement. 

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.