NextGen Training Program
Degree Earning Trainees Mentor Responsibilities
Mentors are responsible for helping their students with critical aspects of their students' development, including: selecting courses; offering career advice; developing professional skills; identifying research and funding opportunities; preparing manuscripts and grants; encouraging progress on the dissertation (including helping prepare for their proposal and dissertation defenses); networking with investigators (both locally and nationally); and searching for jobs. With this in mind, specific performance standards include:
- Hold regular meetings with each advisee (in-person or by phone): at least twice/semester while students are enrolled in courses full-time; more frequently after comprehensive examinations, when students begin work on their dissertation.
- Hold additional meetings requested by students, as reasonable and appropriate in a timely fashion.
- Discuss expectations for students and faculty.
- Provide timely feedback (usually within 2-3 weeks) on draft manuscripts and dissertation chapters.
- Review graduation check list annually.
- Sign off on progress reports for students Doctoral Dissertation Course Hours annually.
Assignment of Mentors and Mentorship
If fellows arrive without mentor agreements, they immediately will have interdisciplinary team of temporary advisors. These individuals will meet with the student, discuss research interests, possible research projects and then recommend the appropriate mentors for that fellow.
Traditional Postdoctoral Trainees Mentor Responsibilities
A preceptor who is actively recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow or who has already recruited postdoctoral research fellow into his/her lab is welcome to present a formal application on behalf the postdoctoral fellow candidate to the UNC NextGen Training Program.
Provide the fellow with a suitable research environment (access to laboratory space, office, computer and research resources required to achieve the fellow's research goals).
Together with the fellow develop initial research goals and allow the fellow to take advantage of opportunities in the NextGen Program to enhance his/her career development as well as complete NextGen program requirements.
Chair and assemble the fellow's mentoring committee. To enhance the fellow's opportunities to network with faculty members outside of the preceptor's lab a mentoring committee will be formed for any postdoctoral fellow who is admitted to the UNC NextGen Program. This mentoring committee is formed by the preceptor and the fellow, and includes at least two other faculty. The mentoring committee is expected to meet on a yearly basis to monitor the fellow's progress and provide suggestions and guidance. Since a goal of the UNC NextGen Program is to transition trainees to individual fellowship awards (i.e. F32 and K99/R00) the mentoring committee will be integral in assisting and guiding the fellow towards submission of an individual training fellowship application. The mentoring committee is expected to serve in the internal review of the individual training grant application and to provide a suitable timeline for development and submission of the application to the appropriate funding agency.
Provide an annual progress report to the PAC on the fellow's research achievements and activities during the appointment period and research goals for the following year if requesting reappointment.
Together with the fellow verify that RCR and any additional training (i.e. laboratory safety training) in accordance with NextGen Program and Institutional requirements have been completed.