The IMSD mentoring program utilizes a 4-level mentoring approach employing Peer mentors, On-site mentors, Distant mentors, and Near-Peer mentors to provide a unique network of peer and faculty mentors who provide site-specific career and structure to orient students into the culture of academia (biomedical research) and offers interpersonal and intrapersonal support to nurture the mentee’s professional development. The POD was developed, in part, because of the very low number of available minority faculty mentors and the very limited time that a mentor can spend with a mentee. As opposed to the one-mentor approach, the POD is multi-level and employs mentoring at three levels creating a unique network of peer and faculty mentors who provide site-specific career guidance.
Roles and Responsibilities of POD Mentorship Program
|Role||Individual Filling the Roll||Responsibilities|
|Mentee||1st Year IMSD Student|
|Peer Mentors||Upper-level (i.e., post-candidacy) graduate students, advanced IMSD students|
|Onsite Faculty Mentors||Graduate Program Directors and UAMS Research Faculty Mentors|
|Distant Mentors||Former IMSD Students (i.e., who have completed their Ph.D.)|
|IMSD Representative||MSD Leadership Team|
|Near-Peer Mentoring||All IMSD Students|
Mentoring Interaction Log
Near Peer Mentoring Interest Form
Please complete this form if you are an undergraduate student who is interested in identifying a UAMS Graduate Student Mentor.