1) Presentation format requested: Poster
2) Corresponding author email address: email@example.com
3) Title: An Example of a Mentoring Process to Develop a Program of Research
4) Authors: include first names, last names and degrees, Presenting Author listed first
Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu, PhD1 and Claudio R. Nigg, PhD2
5) Institutional Affiliation(s):
1Idaho State University, Department of Psychology
2University of Hawaiâ€™i, Office of Public Health Studies
6) Key words (up to 5 terms): mentor, mentee, relationship, process, development
7) Objective: Early career scientists face many challenges to establishing themselves within their fields.Â These include the difficulties involved in creating a programmatic line of research, conducting quality studies, presenting and publishing data, networking, and seeking funding.Â The Mountain West Clinical Translational Research â€“ Infrastructure Network (MW CTR-IN) helps early career scientists who face these difficulties by fostering academic connections and encouraging the formation and maintenance of high quality mentoring relationships.Â Our main goal is to present a successful model of a CTR-IN mentor-mentee relationship that has led to the development of a mutually beneficial research program.
8) Setting: Distance mentoring was the primary mode of interaction for the mentor-mentee relationship highlighted here.
9) Methods: Potential mentors with similar research interests were identified by the mentee via Vivo.Â The mentor (University of Hawaiâ€™i) and mentee (Idaho State University) had monthly phone meetings in addition to email exchanges on an as needed basis.Â With the mentorâ€™s input, the mentee kept track of monthly meetings including issues that were discussed, goals that were set, progress reports, and the agreed upon tasks to be completed before the next meeting via minutes that were sent to the mentor. Â The mentor and mentee also collaboratively created a schedule of deadlines for the menteesâ€™ goals including conference presentations, manuscripts, and an NIH grant proposal. The mentor offered advice on the menteeâ€™s research program, strategies for making submissions more competitive, and assisted as an editor and often co-author on submissions. In-person meetings also took place: once when the mentor visited the menteeâ€™s institution to assist with grant writing, and twice during relevant conferences (including the CTR-IN conference).
10) Results: The utilization of this mentoring process created a productive and ongoing collaborative relationship which has led to the establishment of a fruitful research program.Â This includes an accepted poster presentation (Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference), two other conference presentation submissions (CTR-IN), a manuscript (currently under review), an encouraging grant proposal trajectory on track for an R21 application to NIH in June, 2015, and ideas for future collaborations. The overarching goal is to develop a fundable sustained program of research contributing to the knowledgebase in our fields.
11) Interpretation: Mentor-mentee relationships are important and can provide vital support that enhances the career trajectory of the mentee.Â Regular check-ins and open communication of progress, goals, expectations, along with a big picture understanding are necessary for establishing a productive research program that is mutually beneficial for both the mentee and the mentor.