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Partner Information Kit

Phone: 617.552.3901 Email: National Research Mentoring Network Boston College 2125 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02135


Join us in transforming the biomedical workforce As a partner you can collaborate with NRMN to foster evidencebased mentorship, networking, and professional development opportunities for researchers from all career stages.

Become an NRMN Partner Virtual Mentoring & Networking Apps Coaching Groups for Grant Proposal Writing Research Mentorship Training Programs Career Development Webinars Mentoring Academy Mentor Certifications

NRMN is funded by the NIH and is a part of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium. The Consortium is a national collaborative that develops, implements, and determines the effectiveness of innovative approaches to strengthen institutional capacity to sustain mentor-mentee relationships. 2

Barriers Remain Despite several decades of efforts to increase diversity in the U.S. biomedical workforce, the issue of the under-representation of many populations remains. Scholars from non-majority backgrounds—whether by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or disability—have overcome many barriers yet still carry the burdens of disadvantaged and discrimination.

Sources: US Census Report 2010; IMPACII

The Solution A comprehensive, nationwide mentoring initiative can affect change by: • E ngaging professionals across race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and geography in culturally responsive mentoring activities

• B uilding the capacity for nationwide access to tested models for mentoring, training, and professional development

Unlock Scientific Potential By facilitating long-­term, culturally responsive interactions among mentees and mentors, you can work with NRMN to help address the “Grant Gap.” Our sustainable and evidence-based mentoring practices create opportunities for diverse mentees to successfully progress in their research careers—and become the effective mentors, scientific leaders, and research team members of tomorrow. NRMN will provide the curriculum, training, and resources to help your organization prepare our next generation of researchers and scholars. Together we can address the benefits and challenges of diversity, inclusivity and culture within mentoring relationships and, more broadly, the research workforce. 3

Who We Are

Train and certify mentors Train grant writing coaches Train mentees Improve cultural responsiveness in mentorship

Our Mission: To promote and provide mentoring to diversify the biomedical workforce.

Our Goal: To significantly contribute to national efforts to increase the size, quality, diversity and research productivity of the biomedical workforce trained to improve population health.

Our Partners:


Increase access to mentoring across all career stages Facilitate matches between mentees, mentors, and coaches

Click the links below to see a list of our partners in each category. NIH Funded Centers Academic and Research Sites Scientific and Professional Societies 4

Rafael Luna, PhD Boston College Administrative Core

Christine Pfund, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison Mentor Training Core

Increase access to research resources and career development opportunities Training

NRMN’s GOALS Development

Partner with professional societies and organizations Promotion

Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, PhD UNT Health Science Center Mentorship and Networking Core

Increase awareness of the value of mentorship at all levels: individuals, institutions, associations

Kola Okuyemi, MD University of Minnesota Professional Development Core

Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH, FACC Morehouse School of Medicine Research Resources and Outreach Core


Who We Serve PR

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NRMNet Participant Diversity: Career & Education

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Geographic Disbursement of NRMN Participants Shown by Zip Code (not individual participant) - Based on user self-reported data as of 1/6/2017.

Zip Code Key Mentees Mentors

Who can get involved?

Undergraduate Students

Non-Faculty Researchers

Graduate Students

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Disciplinary, Professional & Institutional Leaders


NRMN’s Programs by Career Stage NRMN offers a wide range of programs for students and scientists across all stages of their career in research across the NIH-funded sciences.

Program statuses as of Sept. 1st, 2016 MATCHING /LINKING


Guided Virtual Mentorships MyNRMN Near Peer Mentoring Virtual Collaboratory TRAINING Career Coaching Facilitator Training Grant Writing Coaching Groups Mentor Certifications Research Mentee Training Research Mentor Training Shark Tank Institutional Mentoring Academy Planning REFERRING Career Development Webinars NRMNet Portal PROMOTING NRMN Ambassadors 8




Program Available

Junior Faculty

Senior Faculty

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Building the Mentoring Community Networking is an important part of cultivating successful mentorships. Networking tools available on help enhance the overall training and career development of researchers from all levels, by allowing them to build meaningful connections with researchers and scholars from around the country.

Guided Virtual Mentorships The NRMN Guided Virtual Mentorship program matches a mentee with a mentor for weekly or bi-weekly discussions, guided by discussion prompts. The program is designed to help mentors and mentees: • D evelop meaningful mentoring relationships beyond their own institutions • W ork closely and regularly with another person who is navigating a career path in science • N avigate conversations critical to the success of diverse scholars NRMN’s guided virtual mentoring platform matches mentors and mentees based on individual profiles and preferences.

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Mentee Gender


The pair communicate by any convenient method (video chat, phone, email, text, etc.), usually for 20-30 minutes each session. Each mentorship lasts for a four-month period, after which the pair can start another mentorship with each other, or with a new partner.

The guided session allowed me to really self-reflect. I think I got as much out of it as the mentee did.

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This free platform is available to any user—regardless of career stage—with no pre-determined curriculum or set structure for when and how they communicate. Users may browse profiles of mentors and mentees, build connections, hold conversations, and collaborate one-on-one, in groups, or however they choose.

MyNRMN enables users to: • B rowse profiles of NRMN mentors and mentees across the U.S. • C onnect with mentees or mentors that share interests

Mentee Race

• F orm open and closed groups with other users

• B uild a CV using the CV Builder tool (for mentees)

• S end direct messages to connections (SMS and posts)

• S et appointments with their mentee/mentor

• Share documents

• I nvite new mentees/ mentors to the NRMN network

Mentor Race


Coaching Groups for Grant Writing and Professional Development NRMN grant writing programs are designed to help researchers develop professional skills to master grant proposal basics, prepare grant submissions, and accelerate success in obtaining grant funding.

Grant Writing Coaching Groups NRMN grant writing coaching groups assemble cohorts of postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty experienced coaches and advisors. These intensive grant writing programs—offered under five related models—are designed to enhance a mentee’s career development and ultimately help them submit a strong research proposal for funding across the NIH funded sciences.





NRMN Steps Towards Academic Research Fellowship (STAR)

12 months

None to minimal

Grant writing Uncovered: Maximizing Strategy, Help, Opportunities, Experiences (GUMSHOE)

6 months

None to minimal

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I wish I had had this training 15 years ago, I had to learn it on my own!

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Improving Mentoring Relationships NRMN’s Research Mentorship Training initiatives are designed to help research mentors and their mentees develop skills to optimize the research mentoring relationship. They help mentors and mentees engage in productive, culturally responsive mentoring relationships.

Research Mentor Training & Training Materials Our evidence-based training and training materials are intended for the mentors of biomedical researchers across career stages, including undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty. We offer in-person, self-paced online, and synchronous online trainings that range from a few hours to a full day. Our training materials are designed to address the key concerns and challenges of mentors in research mentoring relationships.

Our evidence-based training includes the following themes: • Aligning Expectations • A ddressing Equity and Inclusion • Articulating Your Mentoring Philosophy and Plan • Assessing Understanding

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• Cultivating Ethical Behavior

• Maintaining Effective Communication

• Culturally Aware Mentoring

• Promoting Mentee Research Self-Efficacy

• Enhancing Work-Life Integration

• Promoting Professional Development

• Fostering Independence

• Teaching Disciplinary Knowledge

Research Mentee Training & Training Materials Our evidence-based training and training materials are intended for mentees in the biomedical sciences across career stages, including undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty. We offer in-person trainings that range from a few hours to a full day. Through activities, case studies, and discussion, mentees are introduced to important topics and concepts organized around five key areas of trainee development: research skills,

interpersonal skills, psychosocial skills, professional and career development skills, and diversity/culturally focused skills. Trainings can be implemented by individuals at your institution or by trained facilitators in a variety of formats, including standalone workshops, a 10week summer series, or a comprehensive 1- or 2-semester seminar course taken concurrently with independent research credits with a faculty research mentor.

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Building Capacity for Research Mentor & Mentee Training At NRMN we believe in the power of mentoring. These relationships help to unlock opportunities for both mentors and mentees and benefit the broader biomedical workforce and research community. That’s why we continue to partner with organizations across the country to replicate our model and create nationwide access to successful mentoring programs.

Facilitator Training Our evidence-based facilitator trainings are intended for faculty, instructors, staff, or administrators from academic health centers, colleges, and universities who wish to implement research mentor and/or mentee training at their institution or organization. Through our in-person trainings, participants will: • B ecome familiar with research mentor/ mentee training curricula • D evelop the knowledge and skills to implement research mentor/mentee training at home institution • Gain confidence in facilitation skills

• B e able to describe evidence supporting the effectiveness of research mentor/ mentee training • B e able to articulate practical plans for implementing research mentor/mentee training at home institution

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Recognition for Your Mentors Mentor Certifications Eligible mentors receive a certificate endorsed by NRMN, recognizing their level of experience and skill as a mentor. The three designations are as follows: 1. NRMN Mentor A mentor who has completed at least one 4-month mentorship cycle with a mentee within NRMN’s Guided Virtual Mentorship platform. 2. N RMN Certified Mentor An NRMN Mentor who has served as mentor for at least three different NRMN mentees, and who has participated in additional NRMN mentor training. 3. N RMN Master Mentor An NRMN Certified mentor who has significant experience and success as a mentor.

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Promoting Organizational Change Mentoring Academy NRMN’s Mentoring Academy provides an in-depth review of our mentorship curriculum and the best practices for creating a mentoring community. It is designed to assist Principal Investigators and Program Directors from the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) and other research centers in establishing mentorship programs at their institution and is offered through a year-long academy at the Morehouse School of Medicine. In the Mentoring Academy participants will act as “Institutional Agents” who study and adopt the Mentoring Academy model so it may be implemented on their own campuses.

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Professional Development Resources NRMN provides a number of research and professional development resources including highlighted scientific publications, the NRMN newsletter, online discussion panels and lectures, in-person networking events, and more.

Career Development Webinars NRMN Health Research Talks In collaboration with several of its many partnering scientific societies, research centers, and academic institutions, NRMN offers a variety of career development webinars. Webinars may be attended live during their scheduled cycles or recordings may accessed through NRMN’s YouTube channel.

In partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC), NRMN offers this series of videos designed for those planning research careers as independent investigators in fields related to community-based health and health disparities.

iBiology Video Series This series features lectures by accomplished and diverse scientists. Topics range from professional development lectures on networking and job advocacy, to analysis of ways to address the challenges of diversifying the biomedical sciences research workforce

NRMN and iBiology Live Virtual Panel Discussions NRMN and iBiology present a series of live, moderated online discussion panels featuring diverse expert scientists as panelists. Topics revolve around the challenges that diverse scientists face professionally such as the importance of being culturally responsive within mentoring relationships, and typical considerations when negotiating an offer for an academic position.

or more information visit and F explore the Video Library, Publications and Upcoming Events sections of our website.

Join us in diversifying the biomedical workforce. As a partner you can collaborate with NRMN to foster evidencebased mentorship, networking, and professional development opportunities for researchers from all career stages. Phone: 617.552.3901 • Email: National Research Mentoring Network Boston College 2125 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02135 @NRMNet

The National Research Mentoring Network is supported by the National Institutes of Health Common Fund and Office of Scientific Workforce Diversity, award number U54GM119023, administered by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.