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Effective Practices for Mentoring Students in Research

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Presenters: Rick Page, Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry; Rose Marie Ward, Interim Associate Provost of Graduate School and Research Office; and Ellen Yezierski, Center for Teaching Excellence Director

Join in a discussion with a cross-disciplinary panel of colleagues from master's-and doctoral-granting programs at Miami to identify, generate, and discuss best practices for teaching graduate students in the research setting. Using the literature on graduate student mentoring and expertise from colleagues, this rich discussion will help participants develop skills and strategies to promote students' intellectual and professional growth while advancing the scholarly agendas of the mentors.

Rick Page is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Special Consultant to the Dean of the Graduate School. Dr. Page joined Miami University in 2013 and has led career development initiatives in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Prior to Miami, Dr. Page was a founding member of the Cleveland Clinic Postdoctoral Association and led efforts to develop a customized web-based individual development plan used by more than 200 postdoctoral fellows each year. Dr. Page has served as the research mentor for twelve graduate students and more than fifty undergraduate students at Miami University.

Rose Marie Ward is a Professor of Public Health in the Department of Kinesiology and Health and Interim Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. She seeks to enhance graduate education through building the graduate education community, providing opportunities for graduate students to practice communicating to non-specialists, and supporting graduate students and departments. She hopes that her presentation style is more engaging than her ability to write a bio statement.

Ellen Yezierski, Center for Teaching Excellence Director. Ellen is a Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. As CTE Director, Ellen networks with faculty and programs across campus to fulfill the Center's mission and support student learning through faculty development and innovation in teaching. She has been recognized with a Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Instruction and Mentoring (2018) and a Distinguished Teaching Award (2015) and has taught large undergraduate courses as well as graduate courses. Her research group focuses on improving conceptual understanding of chemistry by examining the dynamics of teaching and teacher change. The goal of their work is to markedly reform instruction and improve chemistry learning across a variety of grade levels (high school and college). Projects employ quasi-experimental designs as well as phenomenological methods to explore teacher beliefs and change, assessment, use of animations, and characterizing teaching and learning in chemistry outreach. Visit the Yezierski Research Group to learn more about their activities and outcomes.

Tuesday, February 25 at 10:30am to 12:00pm

Laws Hall, 320
551 E. High St., Oxford, OH 45056

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Lectures & Presentations, Information Sessions, Training & Development

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Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)
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