Mentoring Handbook

The Undergraduate Research Committee is in the final stages of developing a mentoring handbook for use across the CUNY system.  The handbook emerged from a series of workshops entitled the “Entering Mentoring” series, developed in cooperation with the Faculty Commons, and piloted during the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters.

The handbook will serve as the basis of the next round of Fall 2013 workshops.

Check out the Mentoring Handbook draft:

Front Matter and Section 1. Mentoring, A Promising Strategy for Success.
Section 2. Laying the Foundation: The Mentoring Journey.
Section 3: Characteristics of Effective Mentors and Mentees.
Section 4: Developing a Mentoring Program of Undergraduate Research.
Section 5: Evaluation and Tools

Check out the schedule for Mentoring: Proven Strategies for Success:

Session 1:  Mentoring Success
Date: Friday, October 18th
Venue: N227
Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am

11/14/13 Session 2: Laying the Foundation: The Mentoring Journey
02/27/14 Session 3: Characteristics of Effective Mentors and Mentees
03/27/14 Session 4:  Developing a Mentoring Program of Undergraduate Research
04/24/14 Session 5: Evaluation and Tools
05/08/14 Session 6: Successes and Lessons Learned
(Sessions 2-6 will be held 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

2 thoughts on “Mentoring Handbook”

  1. NOTES from Mentoring workshop 10/18/13
    Session 1: Mentoring Success

    Prompt: What makes a good mentor/mentee? What makes mentoring a success?
    (group shareback responses)

    Time management – setting a schedule
    Time frame for the project – scope of project -1 semester, 1 year, 2 year- student commitment for duration of project
    Methods of communication
    Setting a goal & having a means of evaluating
    Matching interest of mentor/mentee, matching type of project to abilities of mentees
    Strengths of mentors & mentees – can be complementary
    Diversity of fields at Citytech – sometimes working in areas adjacent to our interest can be very fruitful/satisfying
    Research can be the thing that sets students on a particular academic/career path
    For many students the idea of students is foreign/scary/unknown – it’s a challenge to teach research. “What is research?”
    Sometimes the hardest part for students is the beginning – getting started. (IDEA: Method for overcoming the threshold – google keyword, read & evaluate first 10 results)
    Alternatives to heavy reading load- visual literacy etc
    Be creative, (IDEA: comparing Shakespeare to Tupac) – be engaged in the work you are doing
    Ask students: make a list of 5 things they like/care about/are interested in
    You do research everyday! (IDEA: comparisons when making a purchase)

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