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Martínez-Hernández led three research-mentoring workshops

September 20, 2016

Dr. Kermin Martínez-Hernández, assistant professor of chemistry, led three research mentoring training workshops over the summer.

Kermin Martinez-Hernandez

He led two workshops at the 2016 American Society for Microbiology National Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, titled “Research Mentor Training for Microbiologists: Part I” and “Research Mentor Training for Microbiologists: Part II.”

Sixty-six people attended the two sessions, where Martínez-Hernández led a session about addressing equity and inclusion. The goals of this session were to increase understanding of equity and inclusion and their influence on mentor-mentee interactions; recognize the impact that conscious and unconscious assumptions, preconceptions, biases, and prejudices have on the mentor-mentee relationship; and identify concrete strategies for learning about and addressing issues of equity and inclusion.

Martínez-Hernández also led a day-long training, NRMN Facilitating Research Mentor Training Workshop (Train-the-Trainers workshop) at Portland State University as part of the BUILD EXITO, which includes 10 institutional partners over a wide geographic area, including University of Alaska, University of Hawaii, University of Guam, American Samoa Community College, and Northern Mariana College, among others.

BUILD is a broad national strategy to develop new approaches that engage researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and prepare them to thrive in the NIH-funded workforce.

The goal of the workshop was to train mentors on how to train their own research mentors in the future and learn how to implement successfully the “Entering Mentoring Curriculum” at their respective institutions.

All three workshops are part of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide trainees across the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming. Martínez-Hernández has been involved with NRMN for the last four years.