Postdoc Research Mentor Training (PDRMT)National Research Mentoring Network Logo

The objective of the workshop is to enrich current mentoring practices by providing mentors with evidence-based approaches to research mentoring while offering a forum in which to solve dilemmas. This training comes from the Center For the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) and the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN).

PDRMT is recognized by the NIH and NSF in grant applications as evidence of a commitment to trainee mentoring, including trainees from diverse backgrounds. This training has the potential to increase research productivity by strengthening the mentoring relationship. The competencies addressed in the training foster well-being (especially mental wellbeing) of lab members, reducing conflicts that can hinder  research progress.

Sample Agenda

Next Training Workshops

  • In-Person, all-day workshop
    February 20, 2023, 9am-4pm
  • Via Zoom, two-part workshop
    Summer 2023

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JoAnn Roberts, PhD, CIELS

Lynn Talton, PhD, Dir. Bioscience Postdoc Affairs

Workshop Agenda

Part 1

  • Introduction to Research Mentor Training
  • Maintaining Effective Communication
  • Aligning Expectations
  • Addressing Equity and Inclusion

Part 2

  • Fostering Independence
  • Promoting Professional Development
  • Fostering Research Self-Efficacy
  • Making a Mentor Action Plan
Hosted by Bioscience Postdoctoral Affairs, DGSOM


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Must be able to attend both listed sessions
  • Must apply for the program
  • Must complete a post-workshop evaluation survey
  • Must be a UCLA postdoctoral scholar, project scientist, postdoc administrator, or in a similar position

Postdoc Research Mentor Training (PDRMT) is offered two times per year in the Winter and Summer Quarters.

  • The application opens approximately 1 month before each program.
  • Rolling acceptances into the training will start 2 weeks before the program and continue until the program is full.
  • We recommend setting a hold on your calendar for the posted program times.
  1. First Priority will be given to postdocs who are directly mentoring graduate or undergraduate students in biomedical/life science fields.
  2. Second Priority will be given to biosciences postdocs who applied previously but could not be admitted.
  3. Third Priority will be given to postdocs outside of biosciences disciplines.

Yes. See priorities list for who is chosen for the program.

  • All Project Scientists, Assistant Researchers, Research Fellows and others in a similar post-doctorate degree research positions are welcome.
  • Administrators who work with postdoctoral scholars are also welcome.
  • Faculty are welcomed to apply for our Faculty Program.
  • Graduate students are encouraged to apply to our Graduate Mentor Programs.

Every postdoc that takes part in the program and attends both sessions will receive a letter of recognition that will list how many hours they completed and which modules they participated in.


Please email Dr. Lynn Talton, Director of Bioscience Postdoctoral Affairs,