Mentoring

Mentoring

The supervising faculty member has the responsibility to provide an appropriate training experience that helps to advance the career of the postdoctoral appointee. To aide in this process we have provided several resources.

  1. When a postdoc is up for reappointment, s/he will complete an annual Individual Development Plan Report that outlines research programs and plans as well as career development progress and plans. Faculty should review this document with their appointees. For more information about IDPs, please visit http://postdocs.yale.edu/career-services/idp.
  2. A useful guide for establishing a productive mentoring relationship between faculty and postdocs is the Postdoc Compact, provided by the American Association of Medical Colleges. Although originally written for postdocs at academic medical centers, the principles described in the Compact are applicable to faculty in many disciplines. In addition, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office of Research Integrity has established a resource for mentoring international postdocs via this link:http://ori.hhs.gov/mentoring-international-post-docs.

Mentoring Prize

To promote the importance of mentoring, the office of the Provost will award the Postdoctoral Mentoring Prize annually to a faculty member who exemplifies the role of a mentor and who has provided exceptional mentoring to one or more postdoctoral scholars during the previous year. Nominees are identified by current postdocs, as described in the prize announcement.

2015

Dr. Dieter Soll, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Professor of Chemistry

http://news.yale.edu/2015/09/23/dieter-s-ll-honored-his-mentorship-postdoctoral-students

2014

Dr. Joan Steitz, Sterling Professor and Vice Chair of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry;  Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute

http://news.yale.edu/2014/06/26/her-postdocs-can-attest-joan-steitz-model-mentor-young-scientists

2013

Dr. Robert Crabtree, Conkey P Whitehead Professor of Chemistry.  Please click here to read more about the 2013 award recipient. 

2012

Dr. Menachem Elimelech, Roberto Goizueta Professor Chemical & Environmental Engineering.  Please click here to read more about the 2012 award recipient. 

2011

Dr. Suzanne Alonzo, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2010

The winner of the University’s first Postdoctoral Mentoring Prize is Dr. Michael Caplan, C.N.H. Long Professor and chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the Yale School of Medicine.