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Career Development Impacts of a Research Program on Graduate Student and Postdoc Mentors

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Research! Research! Research! in Faculty Development

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Faculty Development Division

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Nicole McIntyre University of California, Berkeley

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Nicole McIntyre serves as the Education Director of the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science, a NSF funded Science and Technology Center. She is also the Director of the Transfer-to-Excellence program, a summer research program for community college students. Nicole holds degrees in Psychology and Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley, and a graduate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of San Francisco. She is committed to creating equitable and accessible public institutions of higher education, including inclusive environments for underrepresented students in STEM.

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Catherine T. Amelink Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Dr. Amelink is Director of Graduate Programs and Assessment in the College of Engineering, Virginia Tech. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Departments of Engineering Education and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech.

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Jeffrey Bokor University of California

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Jeffrey Bokor is the Paul R. Gray Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at UC Berkeley. He currently serves as Chair of the EECS Department. His current research activities include nanomagnetics/spintronics, graphene electronics, nanophotonics, and nano-electromechanical systems.

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This evidence-based practice paper explores how graduate students and postdocs benefit from serving as mentors to undergraduate research interns. Utilizing three years of qualitative data from 38 mentors, our findings indicate that mentors feel better prepared for future faculty careers as they gain skills in project management, supervision, and communication. This paper reviews common themes across mentor evaluation data and discusses how these factors are contributing to the development of future faculty members prepared to work with diverse student populations. Our preferred method for delivery is a short traditional lecture followed by facilitated discussion of best practices among session attendees.

McIntyre, N., & Amelink, C. T., & Bokor, J. (2020, June), Career Development Impacts of a Research Program on Graduate Student and Postdoc Mentors Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34260

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