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CIMER: Providing resources for organizations and institutions to improve research mentoring relationships

Effective research mentoring relationships are critical to developing the next generation of researchers. Learn how to improve these relationships at all career stages and promote cultural change that values excellence in research mentoring as a critical aspect of diversifying the research workforce.

Who We Are

Researchers and practitioners dedicated to improving research mentoring relationships among all career stages of post-secondary researchers.

What We Do

CIMER faculty and staff investigate approaches for improving research mentoring relationships for organizations and institutions. We develop, implement and evaluate mentor and mentee training using theoretically-grounded, evidence-based, and culturally-responsive training interventions and investigations.


  • Enhancing Research Mentors’ Cultural Awareness in STEM: A Mentor Training Intervention
    This past May a journal article was published in collaboration with Christine Pfund, Angela Byars-Winston, and Sherilynn Black about enhancing mentors’ cultural awareness in STEM. Read the article here
  • Don’t Let Mentoring Burn You Out
    CIMER is hard at work! An article came out last month in collaboration with Christine Pfund about mentoring burnout. Summary: Mentoring is undoubtedly a high-impact and high-stakes relationship. Mentors give their time, attention, and resources to develop others. Usually a volunteer activity, mentorship goes above and beyond a person’s formal job requirements. But when a mentor …
  • New Publication
    Evaluation of a Culturally Responsive Mentorship Education Program for the Advisers of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Program Graduate Students was recently accepted for publication in CBE—Life Sciences Education Vol. 21, No. 3  Read the article: https://www.lifescied.org/doi/10.1187/cbe.21-11-0321