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How to Be Your Own Best Mentor

May 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


College of Agricultural Science graduate students and postdocs are invited to join us for a three-hour interactive workshop with introspective work, breakout sessions, and group discussions. In the workshop, we will discuss how to define and then teach yourself the knowledge and skills you need to be successful in your career or next stage in life. 

This workshop is part of a curriculum developed on mentoring by Carolee Bull, Professor at the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at Penn State University. Dr. Bull has taught this curriculum at national and international universities and scientific society meetings. She is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award for her many contributions to diversity and inclusion in science.

The workshop is divided into three parts:

  • Introduction: Define the place where your passions and skills come together.
  • Part 1: Define your personal mission.
  • Part 2: Define the skills on which you are evaluated and make an honest self-evaluation of yourself for regular to bench-marking.
  • Part 3: Define ways to get the skills or demonstrate the skills that you have defined as weak.

Each of us must take responsibility for our scholarship, careers, and life’s work. Although our mentors can teach us the skills we need to be successful scientists in our discipline, each of us should lead the creation and growth of our career. While this workshop is targeted at students, postdocs, and early career scientists, mature faculty have used this workshop to develop new directions for their efforts.

Spaces are limited, please register before April 2, 2024. 


Contact Neha Potnis (nzp0024@auburn.edu) with any questions.

More information will be added as confirmed.


May 16
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
(334) 844-2524