MARE: Mentoring Our Next Generation of Researchers

Mentorship is at the core of the research enterprise, functioning as the primary way to support trainees moving through purposeful stages of their research, while contributing greatly to the advance of scientific research. However, there had not been specific or required training for mentors or mentees to learn about how to effectively engage and navigate this essential academic and professional relationship.

To fill this gap, the Mentoring Academy for Research Excellence (MARE), housed in the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), was created. MARE has a record of innovation in research mentorship and was one of the first of its kind in the nation, currently under the leadership of Julie Schweitzer, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Now focused on research mentoring, it was initially called the Mentoring Academy in the first cycle of the CTSC and developed by Emeritus Professor Judith Turgeon and Richard Kravitz, professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. Fred Meyers, professor of internal medicine and director of the CTSC Research Training, Education, and Career Development program, also made important contributions by leveraging his connections with the National Center for Research Resources (precursor to the National Center for Advancing Translational Science). The current MARE team consists of Julie Schweitzer (director), faculty members Faye Dixon and Meghan Miller, and staff member Daniel Moglen.

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