TRAIN-UP Applied


Interested in mentoring?

Interested in applying the

TRAIN-UP strategies?

Looking to support diversity in science?



About this program:

The TRAIN-UP Applied (a.k.a. Mentoring for Success) program is a mentoring training program designed to help early investigators building research teams, such as UCSF postdoctoral scholars, apply the mentoring and supervising skills they learned in the TRAIN-UP Introduction to Mentoring workshop series, with an emphasis on mentoring diverse students in the sciences. It is a partnership between UCSF's Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) and the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Bioscience Internship program.

Currently, this program is offered to any life science postdoctoral scholar, graduate student or researcher working in a UCSF laboratory or any mentors in industry or government facilities who are mentoring community college interns, undergraduate students, or early stage trainees. Participants do not have to have completed TRAIN-UP to be eligible to attend TRAIN-UP Applied.


Sign-up for the Spring 2018 cohort:

TRAIN-UP Applied starts January 25 and runs every other Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. until April 6 at Mission Bay.  Lunch is provided.  There are also opportunities to join online via Google hangout.  

To sign up for the spring 2018 cohort, register here.


Not a mentor yet?

No time to mentor? You can sign up here for opportunities (examples: doing informational interviews and guest lectures) and volunteer at the next CCSF Biosymposium at UCSF, Mission Bay (opportunities to do mock interviews, judge internship posters, and network with CCSF students).

Interested in mentoring a CCSF Intern? Interns are enrolled in the Bioscience Internship program at CCSF. Bioscience Interns are typically adults from diverse backgrounds (including some without any college degree) who are training for a career as a research assistant or laboratory technician, although a few plan to continue on to professional or graduate school. The CCSF Bioscience Internship 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.

Internships typically start in mid-January or mid-August and require a minimum 180 hours at their internship site (generally ending around May and December). Mentors select the intern of their choice through a formal interview process. Mentors need the approval of their PI to mentor an intern (internships are unpaid). In addition, mentors will be expected to mentor a CCSF Bioscience intern for 10 to 20 hours each week in their lab. Interns present a poster on their internship research at the end of the semester at the CCSF Biosymposium.

Not quite sure if you’re ready to be a mentor? The CCSF BioSymposium, a networking conference for CCSF Bioscience students and interns, takes place on on the last Friday of each semester in the Genentech Atrium. This is a good opportunity to view scientific and career exploration posters done by CCSF Bioscience interns and students, learn more about the program and diverse population it serves. Additionally, there are opportunities to volunteer for mock interviews, poster judging, and leading networking lunch discussions. To find out more, email Karen Leung at [email protected].


Why is TRAIN-UP Applied important for a science career?

Developing mentoring, training and supervising skills will help you get started as a PI in an academic institution, or as a scientist in industry. Because students and technicians you will work with 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 postdoctoral scholar. In addition, experience mentoring diverse students is particularly valued by teaching-intensive institutions, where faculty members are expected to provide undergraduate research (UR) experiences for students.

To find out more, contact Karen Leung at [email protected].