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

Dates: To be determined

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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.

Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive Mentor Training (EDIMT)

[Coming Soon] Introduction to Culturally Aware Mentoring (iCAM)

2hr online workshop, asynchronous

The goal of this course is to accelerate the process of becoming an effective faculty mentor to underrepresented trainees. Faculty will:

  • Discuss how cultural diversity issues are related to trainees’ development, academic outcomes, and career success. 
  • Recognize how worldviews arising from cultural experiences can affect interactions with trainees of a racially or culturally different background.

[Coming Soon] Enhanced Cultural Awareness (ECA)

2hr workshop

This module was developed to increase cultural diversity awareness of mentors in their research mentoring relationships. The module was designed specifically for research mentors from racial groups who are well-represented in STEM who work with undergraduate mentees from racial or ethnic groups who are underrepresented in STEM, and focuses specifically on topics directly related to the training experience of these mentees. 

[Coming Soon] Culturally Aware Mentoring (CAM)

3x3hr sessions (9hrs total)

A culturally aware mentoring intervention designed to improve the training environment for students from underrepresented groups and advance their success.  CAM seeks to guide faculty mentors to understand the sources and impact of bias on diverse graduate trainees and increase mentors’ skills for interacting with mentees from racial, ethnic and social backgrounds distinct from that of the mentor.


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