UCSF-CCSF Inclusive Mentoring Fellows program

Goal

To provide UCSF life sciences trainees with skills and experience in mentoring, including advising, supervising, and training, so they can support diversity in their research teams. Alongside this training experience, the program will provide both expert support and a peer community to resolve mentoring challenges, as well as recognition of the Fellows' work.

What it is

Up to ten graduate students and postdoctoral scholars will be selected in February 2020 to mentor an intern during the 2020 Winter and Spring quarters and become UCSF-CCSF Inclusive Mentoring Fellows. Eligible trainees will receive a $250 stipend to mentor a CCSF intern who is training for a career as a laboratory assistant or technician, or who is planning to pursue a degree in the biosciences. This program is funded by a National Science Foundation grant awarded to the UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD, PIs: Naledi Saul and Laurence Clement) in collaboration with City College of San Francisco (PIs: James Lewis and Karen Leung). 

CCSF UCSF Inclusive Mentoring Program diagram

Benefits

  • Get recognition for your "invisible" work as an inclusive research mentor (supervising, advising and training mentees)
  • If eligible, get a $250 stipend for your work as an inclusive research mentor
  • Gain experience, practice applying tools in inclusive supervision, advising and training practices for any research career in academia, government and industry
  • Get support navigating the responsibilities of a research mentor as a mentee yourself
  • Join a community of like-minded mentors
  • Contribute to research on barriers faced by mentors working with non-traditional mentees

Expectations

  • Host a City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Bioscience Intern between January and May 2020 (for 12 to 20 hrs/wk, for a minimum of 180 hours). 
  • Complete the UCSF TRAIN-UP program by January 31st, 2020
  • Participate in our research project on barriers faced by mentors working with mentees of under-represented backgrounds (complete surveys and participate in 1-2 hour interviews)
  • Attend occasional meetings with other mentors from the program or with CCSF/UCSF mentoring advisors (Naledi Saul, Laurence Clement, Karen Leung, James Lewis)

Application Process and Deadlines 

  • The application deadline for the 2020 cycle has passed. The next application cycle will take place in April 2020 for the fall quarter.
    • Phase 1: Express interest by December 3, 2019.
      • Complete this survey.
      • We offer an optional workshop on interviewing candidates for interested applicants. The workshop is recorded for those who cannot attend. 
         
    • Phase 2: Selection of 10 fellows by February 1, 2020.
      • Interested mentors will receive a confirmation email by December 10, 2019, with instructions on next steps.
      • Interested mentors will interview candidates from CCSF between December 6, 2019 and January 24, 2020.
      • Fellows will be those interested applicants who have identified a student who they would like to host as an intern, and who the intern has chosen as a mentor.

What is the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Bioscience Internship program?

Interns are enrolled in the Bridge to Biosciences program at CCSF. Bridge students are typically adults from diverse backgrounds (including some without any college degree and others with a graduate degree) who are training for a career as a laboratory assistant or laboratory technician, although a few plan to continue on to professional or graduate school. The Bridge program offers a highly structured and contextualized curriculum designed with three goals in mind (1) prepare students for their internship at UCSF and other bay area labs, (2) prepare students for employment in academia or in industry, (3) and support students to continue their science education to graduate with a biotechnology certificate, a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year institution. Bridge interns follow a parallel curriculum to the TRAIN-UP training as part of an NSF-funded collaboration between UCSF and CCSF.

Why is this important for a science career?

Developing advising, training and supervising skills will help you get started as a PI in an academic institution, or as a scientist in the industry.  In addition, experience mentoring students from diverse backgrounds is particularly valued by teaching-intensive institutions, where faculty members are expected to provide undergraduate research (UR) experiences for students (to find out more, visit our ACRA webpage). Because the students and technicians with whom you will work in your new lab may come from very different backgrounds than you or your UCSF colleagues, it is important that you develop these skills early on, as a graduate student and postdoctoral scholar.