Mentoring students on faculty-driven projects and independent projects can boost student success and promote faculty productivity. In addition to supporting a more open and inclusive campus culture, mentoring can also improve instructional and communication skills for both mentors and mentees. The Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni into Graduate and Professional Programs (CASA) offers mentoring workshops and resources for faculty who are interested in acting as a mentor for undergraduate and graduate students. Please contact us to request a workshop or join an existing opportunity.
- CASA staff and faculty have been trained in the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN; https://nrmnet.net/about-nrmn-2/ ) materials and practices, posted through CIMER (cimerproject.org).
- NRMNet also offers nationwide mentor-matching for anyone in STEM through the MyMentor platform – for students seeking more advanced trainee (near-peer) mentors and/or faculty members to talk about projects or career opportunities.
- The CASA promotes mentoring up concepts that empower mentees with different strategies to foster more effective mentoring relationships. These mentoring up strategies are integrated into our research assistantship and professional development programs.
- The CASA facilitates current GSU faculty to offer workshops that highlight microaggressions and other forms of bias that might be encountered by students of color, particularly when joining predominantly white institutions for graduate school (http://fairplay.org ).
- The CASA has also partnered with Emory faculty to offer a curriculum based on Crucial Conversations. (https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-Conversations-Talking-Stakes-Second/dp/1469266822 ) and partnered with investigators at MD Anderson to offer a curriculum focused on Scientific Communication (https://www.mdanderson.org/research/departments-labs-institutes/programs-centers/cancer-prevention-research-training-program/scientific-communication.html ).