Case Study of a Successful Mentoring Relationship

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Detailed Evaluation Results for Case Study of a Successful Mentoring Relationship

13 of the 14 (7 male, 7 female) faculty that attended completed evaluations.

The presenters, professor Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh and assistant professor Yuan Liu (both of Chemistry & Biochemistry) focused on how they specifically approached the planning details to help the mentee prepare a highly ranked National Institutes of Health grant proposal. Since the workshop, Dr. Yuan Liu has been awarded a $1.6 million NIH grant to continue her research.

The workshop conversation also included the paramount importance of planning for timing, preparing and submitting a proposal, planning for the budget, choosing collaborators and obtaining all possible resources at FIU. In addition, Dr. Tse-Dinh and Dr. Liu shared how they naturally developed their great mentor-mentee relationship.

Some practical tips that faculty learned included "it's better to make sure you have a completely finished product before submitting your proposal as it may require many revisions," and "call your program manager aggressively when submitting your proposal in order to get their comments." One participant also appreciated "that DOR is now participating in these discussions and mentor workshops."

Faculty attending the workshop gave very favorable reviews overall noting in the surveys that there were "very concrete and helpful suggestions" and that it "was very informative and mind-opening. The workshop provided essential help to me with the success of my grant proposal." They commented that it was a "great workshop!" and to "keep it up for more success stories."

Questions & Responses

The Case Study workshop lived up to my expectations.
N=13 Mean=4.85 SD=0.38 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

This session gave me useful suggestions regarding the mentoring relationship.
N=13 Mean=5.00 SD=0 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

This session assisted me in anticipating any obstacles or roadblocks in grantwriting, and ways to respond.
N=13 Mean=4.77 SD=0.44 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

I am glad I took the time to participate in this workshop.
N=13 Mean=4.92 SD=0.28 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

Questions & Answers:

Please give an example of at least one thing you learned and will definitely take from the Case Study workshop to use in your research and work.
- Helpful feedback on grant writing.
- Listen to mentor. Complete grant with feedback.
- Make sure you have a complete finished product before submitting proposal. It may require many revisions.
- This is an exemplary mentor-mentee relationship and it demonstrates the result by a successful proposal.
- I learned a lot about grant writing during the discussion. It is really good that DOR participates in these discussions.
- A suggestion to call the program manager aggressively when submitting your proposal to get the program manager's comments.
- Very concrete and helpful suggestions.

Is there anything that could have been improved about this workshop?
- Nothing
- A little more time for discussion on grant writing.
- It was presented well.
- More specific on what they did.
- Show an example of how a paragraph or part of proposal was improved by getting feedback, i.e. a before & after example.

General Comments about the overall workshop?
- Excellent.
- Helpful for grant writing.
- Great workshop!
- Good information on grant writing.
- Informative ideas and topics.
- Keep up for more similar success stories.
- It was very helpful, informative and mind-opening. The workshop provided essential help with the success of my grant proposal.
- Very good workshop. Helps both the mentors and mentees.
- Thank you! Nice to see a mentor/mentee pair doing so well!