As institutions continue to work with virtual learning modalities and in honor of National Mentoring Month, we’d like to share some useful resources from the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). Supported by the NIH Common Fund and managed by NIGMS, the network offers free online mentoring tools and learning resources for individuals ranging from undergraduate students to faculty.
After signing up for an NRMN account through an easy, online process, you can access the network’s mentoring tools and resources, including MyNRMN. The MyNRMN platform allows you to browse and connect with other scientists, and it can match you with a mentor or mentee with similar research interests. Through video chats, instant messaging, and file sharing between mentors and mentees, you can design a mentorship program that fits your needs.
If you prefer one-on-one mentoring with a set timeframe, you can sign up for MyMentor, a guided partnership lasting about 4 months. MyMentor provides brief video clips and prompts to help stimulate guided discussions during individual mentoring sessions.
Teachers and researchers might also be interested in the MyGroups feature within MyNRMN. MyGroups can be used to create virtual meeting spaces and to display announcements. Each group is given a unique URL that users can customize to fit their class, lab course, and more. Participants must be invited to join the group, and MyGroups is only accessible after logging into MyNRMN. Because MyGroup meetings are not recorded, users can feel more comfortable sharing sensitive information.
If you’d like more information about these offerings, visit the NRMN webpage or email firstname.lastname@example.org. NRMN is part of the Diversity Program Consortium, a trans-NIH initiative funded by the Common Fund and managed by NIGMS.
Upcoming NRMN Webinars
- Thursday, January 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET
“The role of mentoring in promoting DEI in STEM education and research”
- Thursday, January 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET
“How to be an effective mentor for underrepresented STEM trainees”
Antentor Hinton Jr., Ph.D., University of Iowa
Haysetta Shuler, Ph.D., Winston-Salem State University