Mentoring students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty is crucial for successful career enhancement and professional advancement. While across USC's campus many departments offer peer mentoring programs, the Office of Research has created this centralized mentoring initiative that all mentees can benefit from. The Research Mentoring Institute is a virtual database of talented faculty across campus who are willing to offer their advice and guidance students and junior faculty.
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Database of faculty interested in serving as mentors for honors students and Magellan Scholars.
Database of faculty interested in serving as mentors for the Morris College Summer Research Program.
Faculty mentors who have served previously as mentors on NIH F31 grants or similar programs supported by other Federal agencies or Private Foundations can volunteer to review grants written by graduate students who are applying for such awards.
Faculty mentors that can work with post-docs applying for NIH F32 or similar mechanisms of funding. Also, senior post-docs are eligible to apply for Pathway to Independence awards (NIH K99/R00). Thus, such researchers need help in developing their research application and importantly, career development plan.
Often junior faculty need help from senior established investigators to guide them in writing their first nationally competitive grant application. While we may not have enough mentors to precisely match each research topic, often mentors who have served on national review panels can give overall critiques that first-time applicants might miss, such as the grant being broad and diffuse, lacking focus, innovation, significance, global hypothesis, synergy, etc. Such senior faculty can often quickly scan through an application and provide useful tips to strengthen the grant application.