TRAIN-UP Applied

Become a Mentoring Rockstar

Learn the theory. Apply it to yourself. Troubleshoot with others.
Inclusive mentoring, supervising and teaching practices in research for graduate student and postdoctoral scholar mentors.

What is it?

This small-group mentoring workshop provides graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with the information they need to address some mentoring issues they may be facing when overseeing other trainees in the laboratory. The workshops are designed to actively apply inclusive strategies to supervise, mentor and educate trainees to real-life situations submitted anonymously by participants.

The instructors will use frameworks in inclusive training practices (as presented in the TRAIN-UP Introduction to Mentoring workshop series). (There is no requirement to have completed TRAIN-UP to participate).

This program is a collaboration between UCSF's Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) and City College of San Francisco's Biotechnology Program. Meetings will be facilitated by Laurence Clement (OCPD, UCSF), Karen Leung (Biotechnology, CCSF), and occasionally James Lewis (Biotechnology, CCSF) and Naledi Saul (OCPD, UCSF). It is funded by an NSF ATE grant.

Sign-up for the next TRAIN-UP Applied meeting:

TRAIN-UP Applied starts on January 24th, 2019 and runs for 7 sessions every few weeks at Mission Bay from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. There will be opportunities to join online via Zoom. Register here.

Interested in submitting a case study for the discussions? Fill out this anonymous survey and email Laurence Clement at [email protected] to express interest in participating.


What participants have said:

I think it is a great program, if TRAIN-UP applied runs again, I would love to participate (...). Everyone that is supervising someone should go through this training, it is extremely useful.

Overall I thought these sessions were excellent and so useful. I learned A TON in the TRAIN-UP workshop series, but I didn't really put the learning into practice until prompted by the TRAIN-UP APPLIED meetings.​


Not a mentor yet? Get experience now!

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 within 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 Laurence Clement at [email protected]