REMRSEC Post-doctoral Mentoring Program
The REMRSEC post-doctoral mentoring program is a group mentoring/ professional development program that targets Center post-docs and graduate students. Programs focus on topics that might not otherwise be covered as part of graduate education and training at Colorado School of Mines (CSM). In 2011, the program expanded to become a partnership with CSM’s Graduate Student Association, and this collaboration has continued. All graduate students and post-docs on campus are invited and the GSA provides lunch to attendees. Topics covered in 2012 included:
• The Ins and Outs of Presenting Scholarly Research…and How to Avoice Inducing Zzz’s
Presenter: Dr. Reuben Collins, Physics Professor; Associate Director of the REMRSEC
• Intellectual Property: The What, Whys, and How
Facilitator: Dr. Reuben Collins, Physics Professor; Associate Director of the REMRSEC
Panelists: Dr. Ian Schick, Patent Agent at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP, in San Diego; Dr. Will Vaughn, Director of Technology Transfer at the Colorado School of Mines
Targeting: REMRSEC post-docs and other post-docs at Mines; REMRSEC grad students; REMRSEC research groups.
The REMRSEC post-doctoral mentoring program includes mentoring at the level of both the group and the individual. Group mentoring is the more structured aspect of the program and includes sessions on eight topics that are delivered across a two year period to be consistent with the typical cycle of postdoctoral positions. The group program is structured as follows:
REMRSEC Post-doctoral Mentoring Program Year One
• Scientific Writing: Getting Published in Science, Nature, and the New York Times (Craig Taylor)
• Career Paths & Possibilities (Panel: Career Center person brief intro; academic, industry, government, something non-traditional) (Reuben Collins)
• Grant Proposal Writing (Barb Moskal)
• Effective Teaching and Presenting (Ron Miller)
REMRSEC Post-doctoral Mentoring Program Year Two
• Career Nuts & Bolts (Panel of Recent Graduates)(Tom Boyd)
• Broadening Participation in STEM: Our Roles & Responsibilities (Maureen Durkin)
• Ethics in Science & Engineering
• Making a Difference: The Social Impacts of Renewable Energy Research
The mentoring modules are presented by faculty or staff associated with the REMRSEC, Mines, or NREL, or a special guest with expertise in the particular topic. REMRSEC postdocs are required to attend the mentoring sessions. Other post-docs at Mines are also invited, as are REMRSEC graduate students and anyone participating in a REMRSEC research group.
The Postdoctoral Mentoring Program repeats every two years.