2023 NSHE Mentoring Institute

2023 NSHE Mentoring Institute: Practical Strategies for Inclusive Mentoring in Undergraduate Research

Thursday, April 27th, 2023
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Embassy Suites by Hilton Las Vegas

4315 University Center Dr.,
Las Vegas, NV 89119


About the Training

Interactive, in-person mentor training for NSHE research faculty of all career levels, who mentor others, particularly in STEM research. Practical Strategies is designed to provide resources, infrastructure and connectivity, to support research and workforce development in STEM. The goal of this mentor training is to accelerate the process of becoming an effective research mentor by providing mentors with an intellectual framework, an opportunity to experiment with various methods, and a forum in which to solve mentoring dilemmas with the help of their peers.

Entering Mentoring training is an evidence-based, interactive approach designed to help mentors develop skills for engaging in productive,
culturally responsive, research mentoring relationships—relationships that optimize the success of both mentors and mentees.

It’s important for each NSHE institution to have representatives in attendance who are willing and able to further foster research mentoring
within their programs, departments and/or institutions.

Participants will:

  1. Receive training through CIMER’s Entering Mentoring curriculum. (Valued at $1,895)
  2. Develop and articulate a mentoring philosophy and plan.
  3. Identifying more equitable approaches for outreach to broaden student participation in undergraduate research.
  4. Discuss the value of “tiered-peer mentoring” and the effectiveness of enabling students as mentors.
  5. Discover strategies that foster equity and inclusion of diverse populations in research mentoring.
  6. Connect with other NSHE institutions and colleagues.

Please complete the online application by Friday, March 31, 2023.

As this is an intensive training, space is limited. In the event more applications are received than spots are available, applications will be reviewed, and selections will be made based on academic and research interests and optimal group composition. You will be notified by email if you are selected by April 3, 2023 in order to make your travel arrangements.

Steve Lee, PhD (Stanford University)

Steve Lee is the Assistant Dean of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in the School of Humanities and Sciences. In this role, he leads efforts in the area of student inclusion, diversity, and equity through recruiting, retaining, and supporting a diverse student body, particularly at the graduate student level.

He also serves with NRMN (National Research Mentoring Network) and CIMER (Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research) as a Principal Facilitator to provide trainings for mentors and mentees, and served in an NIH review committee for TWD (Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity) programs for four years.

Previously, Steve was the Graduate Diversity Officer for the STEM Disciplines at UC Davis, the assistant director for a graduate diversity program at Northwestern University, and on the faculty at Roosevelt University and Wheaton College. He earned a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and BS in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University.

About CIMER:

The Center for the Improvement of Mentored Research Experiences (CIMER) provides resources for organizations and institutions to improve research mentoring relationships. CIMER faculty and staff investigate approaches for improving research mentoring relationships for organizations and institutions. We develop, implement and evaluate mentor and mentee training using theoretically-grounded, evidence-based, and culturally-responsive training interventions and investigations.


To improve the research mentoring relationships for mentees and mentors at all career stages through the development, implementation and study of evidence-based and culturally responsive interventions.

The Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) will:

  • Facilitate research mentor and mentee training for mentees and mentors at all career stages
  • Develop and study new approaches and resources for advancing mentoring relationships
  • Promote cultural change that values excellence in research mentoring
  • Build a network of mentors, mentees, and those engaged in enhancing and studying research mentoring relationships
  • Advance diversity in the research enterprise

Invited participants will be reimbursed for all travel costs associated with the retreat.  Process travel through your department at your institution and after the retreat furnish a copy of your completed travel claim to mcasella@nshe.nevada.edu to reimburse your department.

In the event more than thirty-two faculty apply, applications will be reviewed by the Mentoring Institute Planning Committee and selections will be made based on academic and research interests and optimal group composition.  You will be notified by email if you are selected by Monday, April 3, 2023, in order to make your travel arrangements.


Embassy Suites by Hilton Las Vegas
4315 University Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Off East Tropicana Ave, Embassy Suites is a half-mile from University of Nevada Las Vegas and Cox Pavillion and about five minutes away from Harry Reid International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip.  Amenities include an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and premium suites with snacks and pool views. Guests are invited to a free made-to-order breakfast and a complimentary evening reception.

Airport Transportation to Hotel from Harry Reid International Airport:

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. OIA- 2148788.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.