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Research Mentoring Academy

What is the Research Mentor Academy?

Effective research mentoring relationships are critical to developing the next generation of researchers.  The mission of the FSU research mentor academy, conducted by the FSU Office of Research Development and co-sponsored by the FSU CTSA Program, is to promote a culture of support for research mentoring and to provide training in optimizing mentoring relationships for mentors and mentees at all levels of their research careers. 

Our training is based on the research mentoring curricula from our research partners at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Florida and an evidence-based curriculum from the NIH NRMN and CIMER, using an interactive approach that allows participants to explore an intellectual framework for research mentoring within a community of their peers. This approach provides mentors with opportunities for reflection and a forum to solve mentoring dilemmas and share successful mentorship strategies. You can read more about the development of these training materials here. The Research Mentor Academy is structured around a seminar series on topics relevant to successful mentor-mentee interactions. This training will be facilitated by Dr. Rachel Goff-Albritton, the Chair of the Research Mentor Academy, using the NRMN and CIMER curriculum. The NRMN and CIMER training cover topics related to research mentoring relationships, such as:

  • Aligning Expectations
  • Addressing Equity and Inclusion
  • Articulating Your Mentoring Philosophy and Action Plan
  • Assessing Understanding
  • Fostering Independence
  • Maintaining Effective Communication
  • Promoting Professional Development

Any FSU research mentor who attends all four sessions will be inducted as a "Master Research Mentor," which includes recognition of your participation by placing your name and title on our new Master Research Mentor webpage and providing research mentors with a certificate of completion.  If you are interested in learning about mentoring best practices, then the Research Mentor Academy is the place to be.

Who Should Attend?

  • We are currently offering this training to FSU faculty on a research line who are currently active in mentoring early career researchers, including graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty in the health sciences.
  • Faculty who serve as research mentors on training grants are encouraged to attend.

Details on Upcoming Sessions:

Tentative Spring 2021 Sessions

  • When: During the Spring Semester 2021, Noon to 2pm, Four Sessions on Wednesday March 31, April 7th, 14th, and 21st  
  • Where: This will be a Virtual Event (Zoom links and details will be sent to registrants)

Agenda for Tentative Spring 2021 Sessions


Discussion Topics

Session 1

Introduction to Research Mentor Training

Maintaining Effective Communication

Session 2 

Aligning Expectations

Fostering Independence 

Session 3

Promoting Professional Development

Assessing Understanding

Session 4

Addressing Equity and Inclusion

Articulating your Mentoring Philosophy and Action Plan

Concluding remarks


Register for Spring 2021 Session HERE.


Once your registration has been confirmed by the Office of Research Development (ORD), attendees will be asked to create a profile on before registering.

Research Mentoring Academy Sponsor

FSU Clinical and Translational Science Award Program:


Thank you for your interest in the Research Mentoring Academy.  If you have any questions, please contact the Chair of the Research Mentor Academy, Rachel Goff-Albritton  ,PhD, CCC-SLP, with any questions.

Research Mentor Academy - Master Research Mentors

Research Mentors who have successfully completed the training

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