TRAIN-UP Introduction to Mentoring Course

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It is recommended but not required to take all 4 workshops. Indicate in the registration form which workshops you will attend.
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Workshop 1 - Mentoring & Supervising 101: The difference between effective supervision, mentoring and education; how to manage role conflict with integrity.
January 8, 2020 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. in HSW 302

Workshop 2 - Supervising People Who Aren’t You - Creating a productive and inclusive work environment for all trainees and staff
January 9, 2020 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. in HSW 303

Workshop 3 - Identifying the Right Candidates for Your Research Team - How to strategically select candidates to reach your goals
January 15, 2020 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. in HSW 301

Workshop 4 - Evaluating performance - How to evaluate - and discuss - performance as a new supervisor and mentor
January 16, 2020 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. in HSW 300


The TRAIN-UP Introduction to Mentoring course consists of 4 half-day workshops for UCSF research trainees as part of OCPD's Training Researchers and INterns for Upcoming Professors (TRAIN-UP) Series.

The course provides participants with a new framework to hire, teach, train and supervise other research trainees. This framework integrates education, management and leadership theory and is applied to the research laboratory culture. The course includes a combination of lectures and activities, including case studies and assignments to apply the TRAIN-UP framework to one's own situation. For example, participants will practice writing a list of required skills and qualities for a position in their lab, using the concepts learned in lecture around working with diverse team members.

Course workshops are open to all UCSF trainees, but participants who attend workshops 1-4 and complete all in-workshop activities and out-of-workshop assignments will receive a Letter of Completion issued by the UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development.

Participants who would like to gain experience applying the skills taught in the TRAIN-UP Introduction To Mentoring course will have the opportunity to:

The TRAIN-UP Introduction to Mentoring course is offered by the Office of Career and Professional Development in partnership with City College of San Francisco's Bridge to Biosciences program. It is free for UCSF graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and is specifically designed for basic scientists, although it is open to all UCSF research trainees.


The goal of the TRAIN-UP Introduction to Mentoring course is to provide research trainees with the tools to:

  1. Effectively hire, train, supervise and mentor team members when building a new research team (including research assistants and associates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars)
  2. Work with diverse team members, where diversity is defined in terms of work styles, learning styles, career goals and educational goals as well as gender, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, research trainees should be able to:

  1. Effectively communicate their expectations as well as their work style.
  2. Apply the TRAIN-UP framework to resolve issues related to training, supervising or mentoring new research trainees of different personality types.
  3. Describe successful practices in hiring a diverse research team (where diversity is defined in broad terms and includes diversity of work styles).
  4. Describe approaches to effectively mentor trainees while creating a supportive climate in the lab.


  • Naledi Saul, Director, UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD)
  • Karen Leung, Biotechnology Faculty, City College of San Francisco
  • Laurence Clement, Program Director, Academic Career Development, OCPD

What participants had to say about TRAIN-UP:

"I wish this course was offered before I had an intern! Very useful tools and I look forward to putting them to use in the near future."

"I have a much better idea of how to write a job description and conduct an interview in a way that will help communicate my expectations to my potential trainees."

"I plan to rely on the framework and strategies that were taught and practiced during the TRAIN UP course. The seven steps of an effective mentor were excellent for me to refer back to and have as core concepts that I can remind myself of regularly."

Questions? Contact Laurence Clement, Program Director of Academic Career Development, at [email protected]

January 8, 2020 to January 16, 2020


UCSF is committed to making its facilities, activities and events accessible. To request accommodations for this event, please contact Trish McGrath ([email protected]) at the Office of Career and Professional Development at least one week before the event.