Since 2013, ISA has been offering an 8-week mentor training seminar each summer for any faculty, graduate students, post-docs, or staff who interact with undergraduate students on a day-to-day basis. Over 200 participants have taken part in mentor training in over 35 departments across campus.

The “Entering Mentoring” curriculum that is used for the mentor training seminar series was designed by the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching through grant support from NIH, NSF and HHMI. The curriculum was then adopted by the NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and is freely available through the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER).

Dr. Lori Adams, PD/PI for the ISA program, leads the mentor training efforts for the ISA and is an NIH NRMN certified “Master Facilitator”. Adams is also the Director of the Iowa Mentoring Academy.  

You can email Lori directly at to inquire about future mentor training offerings or simply with questions related to mentoring researchers.

Aligning Expectations

Effective Communication

Additional training resources at UI