TRAIN-UP: Inclusive Research Mentor Course - Supervising, Training, and Advising

TRAIN-UP: Inclusive Research Mentor Course is offered once per year in the summer. To receive announcements about this series, join the OCPD listserv.
In the 2020-2021 academic year, we will be offering this series virtually via Zoom.


We believe that effective, inclusive supervision is the result of good intentions, support and training. Our goal is to teach UCSF students and postdocs the organizational management and evidence-based pedagogical theory on how to effectively supervise, train and advise researchers from diverse backgrounds, and how to do so inclusively while managing the inevitable role conflict between these three sets of responsibilities and power differentials.

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 culture. The course includes a combination of lectures and activities, including case studies and assignments to apply the Inclusive Research Mentor framework to one's own situation. For example, participants will practice writing a list of required skills and qualities for a position on their research team, using the concepts learned in lecture around working with diverse team members.

The Inclusive Research Mentor Course (TRAIN-UP) is offered in partnership with City College of San Francisco's Biotechnology Program and is part of the Office of Career and Professional Development's Training Researchers and INterns for Upcoming Professors (TRAIN-UP) Series. The TRAIN-UP series is open to all UCSF graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for free.

Participants who would like to gain experience applying the skills taught in the Inclusive Research Mentor course will have the opportunity to:

  • Practice interviewing skills by helping City College of San Francisco prepare in mock interviews
  • Serve as an informational interviewee for the Biotechnology Program at City College of San Francisco. 
  • Receive coaching as they mentor/supervise a CCSF biotech intern in the UCSF-CCSF Inclusive Mentor Fellows (IMF) Program

To develop additional inclusive teaching skills, check out STEP-UP: Introduction to Evidence-Based Pedagogy Course.


The goal of the Inclusive Research Mentor 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 Inclusive Research Mentor 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
  • Karen Leung, Biotechnology Faculty, City College of San Francisco
  • Laurence Clement, Program Director, Academic Career Development, UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development

What participants said about the course:

  • "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."


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Date: December 1, 2021
Time: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.