Mentoring for Success Training Program

Mentoring for Success Training Program


The CCSF BioSymposium takes place on on the last Friday of each semester in the Genentech Atrium. This is a good opportunity to view scientific posters and career exploration posters done by CCSF Bridge to Bioscience students.

To find out more, email Karen Leung at

About this program:

The Mentoring for Success program is a mentoring training designed to help UCSF postdoctoral scholars (1) gain mentoring experience and (2) gain mentoring skills, 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) Bridge to Biosciences program.

Currently, this program is offered to any life science postdoctoral scholar working in a UCSF laboratory or any mentors in industry or government facilities who are mentoring undergraduate students.

Internships: 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) 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.

Internships typically start in mid-January or mid-August and end after 180 hours of internship (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 Bridge to Biosciences intern for 10 to 20 hours each week in their lab.


Why is this 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 the industry. Because the 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