We strongly encourage students to develop a network of mentors i.e. not just their major professor, but extending to their Program of Study committee and to others in our community.
Montana State faculty are known as excellent mentors who fully support their graduate students. But as with all areas of work, our faculty are committed to continually learn and improve their mentoring.
Indigenous Mentoring Program
The Indigenous Mentoring Program (IMP) trains and support STEM faculty in mentoring, student socialization, cultural humility, and culturally attuned practices for research conducted by American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students. IMP workshops are conducted regularly by the Center for Faculty Excellence.
CIMER Workshops for Improved Mentoring for Winter 2020/21
MSU will send approximately six faculty members to a virtual train-the-trainer workshop with the The Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), and then these faculty will run the workshops for their peers back in their own departments.
The goals of the workshops include
- Align expectations
- Address equity and inclusion
- Articulate a mentoring philosophy and plan
- Assess understanding
- Cultivate ethical behavior
- Enhance work-life integration
- Foster independence
- Maintain effective communication
- Promote mentee research self-efficacy
- Promote professional development