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The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring annually recognizes outstanding mentoring of graduate students seeking a research doctorate degree. Up to four awards are made each year. Each Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring consists of a cash prize to the graduate faculty member of $2,500 to recognize excellence in mentoring. All persons selected for this award will be honored publicly.

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences has prepared a short guide to the mentoring of graduate students.

The Center for Postdoctoral Affairs in the Health Sciences is housed within the Office of Academic Career Development and is responsible for providing oversight to postdoctoral training and career development within the six schools of the health sciences (dental medicine, health and rehabilitation sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health). It serves as a resource to faculty members recruiting postdoctoral trainees, to departmental administrators responsible for processing postdoctoral appointments, to prospective postdoctoral trainees considering training opportunities at our institution, and especially, to our current outstanding community of postdoctoral researchers advancing the frontiers of science.

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences provides a number of resources, both for faculty who mentor graduate students and for graduate student mentees.

The University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate Student Teaching Initiative, also at the University Center for Teaching, and Learning offers a variety of resources to prepare graduate student instructors to meet their teaching goals and responsibilities from the first day of class through the job search process.

The Pitt-CIRTL Community at the University of Pittsburgh is training the next generation of STEM faculty members with knowledge of and engagement in evidence-based teaching/learning practices. It is a learning community consisting of a diverse and vibrant group of PhD students, Post-docs, and Faculty members. Pitt-CIRTL offers in-person professional development courses (available for transcript credit or not-for-credit), seminars, and workshops in addition to the online courses, seminars, and workshops offered through the CIRTL Network.

The Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring (PALM) Network was established to increase the use of active learning in undergraduate lecture courses. PALM fellows may be postdocs or faculty at any stage. PALM guides instructors to put into practice effective methods of active learning under the sustained mentorship of other instructors with experience in evidence-based active learning.

Versatile PhD is a web-based, socially positive business that helps universities provide graduate students with non-academic professional development. Their mission is to help graduate students and PhDs envision, prepare for, and excel in non-academic careers.

The University of Pittsburgh has partnered with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) as an Institutional Member. The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students.

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