This Week for Faculty: Mentoring graduate students and postdocs at Columbia

by | Oct 16, 2023

The CTL is here to support mentors of graduate students and postdocs as part of the Advancing Mentorship Practices: Supporting Mentors of Graduate Students and Postdocs at Columbia initiative, hosted by the Office of the Provost in partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning. Read on to learn about three opportunities to advance mentoring practices at Columbia.

Three opportunities to advance mentorship at Columbia

  1. Encourage your graduate student and postdoc mentees to register for the in-person interactive workshop: Making the Most of Mentorship on November 2, 9:30am – 11:00am; hosted in collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Office of Research Compliance and Training.
  2. Participate in two new workshops for mentors of graduate students and postdocs in Health Sciences and Science and Engineering that are led by CTL facilitators trained by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Research Experiences (CIMER).

Entering Mentoring: Addressing Equity and Inclusion (for faculty and research officers in the Health Sciences)
Thursday, November 2, 2023
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, online – Register

Are you looking for ways to create a diverse and equitable research group? Join fellow research mentors for a conversation on ways to cultivate an environment of inclusion among your research mentees in the Health Sciences.

Research groups composed of people with diverse cultures and experiences tend to be more creative and innovative when every member of the research team feels they can share their unique perspectives. In this session you will examine how you can unlock the benefits of a culturally diverse research group using inclusive practices and examine the ways the policies, expectations, and behaviors in your lab can promote an inclusive culture. Through facilitated discussions and case studies, you will explore strategies you can use to engage in conversations about diversity with mentees and foster a sense of belonging.

Entering Mentoring: Fostering Independence (for faculty and research officers in Science and Engineering)
Friday, November 10, 2023
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm, online – Register

Are you searching for effective ways to foster independence in your research mentees? Are you trying to determine what an independent graduate student or postdoctoral mentee should know and can do at different stages of their academic careers? Join fellow research mentors for a conversation on what independence is or should be in research in Science and Engineering.

An important goal in any mentoring relationship is helping the mentee become independent, yet clearly articulating what an independent mentee knows and can do and defining a path to independence can be challenging. Through facilitated discussions and a case study, we will collectively surface strategies that you can integrate into your mentorship practice to build mentee confidence, establish trust, and foster their independence.

Note: the CTL is available to bring these sessions to your department or school as part of our CTL to Go offerings. Contact us at

         3. Consult with us! Schedule an in-person or virtual consultation to discuss your needs in mentoring graduate students and postdocs at Columbia by emailing

Explore all related offerings and resources by visiting the Advancing Mentorship Practices: Supporting Mentors of Graduate Students and Postdocs at Columbia webpage. 

Questions or not finding what you need to support your mentorship practice? Reach out to us at