Here are some resources and additional reading, grouped by workshop session topics, and an “other” section with general resources.  Some of the resources posted here are readings participants are asked to do for a session, many are additional readings referenced in session or readings for deeper learning on a particular topic.

Navigate Directly to: Effective Communication | Aligning ExpectationsAssessing Understanding | Equity & Inclusion | Professional Development | General/Other Resources

Effective Communication

Communication Styles Tests

  1. Communication Styles Test – 4 Dominant Styles (PDF)
  2. Communication Styles Assessment – ESAI (PDF)
  3. Communication Styles Test – ECSI (PDF)
  4. Communication Styles Inventory (PDF)

Other Communication Resources

  1. Effective Feedback Infographic (PDF)
  2. Interpersonal Communication – Building a relationship with your mentee (PDF)
  3. Cross Cultural Communication (link)
  4. Crucial Conversations book (link)

Aligning Expectations

  1. The Key to a Happy Lab Life is in the Manual   – article about development and use of a lab manual with links to author’s lab manual and several others that inspired hers.
  2. Ten simple rules for developing mentor-mentee expectations document: an article in PLOS Computational Biology that includes a template
  3. AAMC Mentor-Mentee Compact for Graduate Students
  4. AAMC Mentor-Mentee Compact for Postdoctoral Researchers

Assessing Understanding

Online Tools for students to learn on their own

  1. Coursera
  2. EdX
  3. Khan Academy
  4. Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)

UNC resources for mentees

  1. HSL has Bioinformatics workshops
  2. UNC Writing Center has a great resources page.  Graduate students can also make appointments for a coaching session.
  3. How to Learn How to Code (developed and taught by graduate students each summer)
  4. Core Facilities often have trainings.  Here is a searchable list of UNC core facilities for research.

Digital lab resources

    1. Benchling: digital lab notebook
    2. Lab Archives: digital lab notebook

Equity and Inclusion resources

Further reading

  1. Information about ‘In-group Favoritism‘ – preference towards one’s own group.  Some researchers theorize this tendency explains many group biases that exist.
  2. Information about Implicit Bias from the Kirwan Institute
  3. Document with information about how to reduce Implicit Biases (downloads a PDF).  Aimed at court system, but can apply anywhere.
  4. Online tool to evaluate letter of recommendation for signs of gender bias.
  5. Study about Casuistry (downloads a PDF) – a rationale used to mask biased decision making
  6. Culturally Responsive Mentoring Q&A (video of a live Google Hangout Q&A hosted by National Research Mentoring Network and iBiology)
  7. One page document from Lehigh University (PDF) with some best practices for writing letters of recommendation
  8. Podcast featuring a UNC biomedical graduate student who is blind.  The discussion includes a great example of how diversity directly and tangibly impacts science, and also includes some first had experiences of bias.
  9. ASBMB Article on Imposter Syndrome, particularly in underrepresented groups in science
  10. Annotated Bibliography about gender bias in academia
  11. So You Want to Talk About Race: accessible and educational book covering topics of racism, privilege, intersectionality, the ‘model minority’, and other topics related to race. Helpful for anyone to learn to engage effectively on these topics.

Additional Trainings & UNC Offices

  1. Opening Doors (sponsored by UNC School of Medicine but open to any UNC faculty, staff, or student, free to attend for UNC affiliates)
  2. UNC DEI Certificate program
  3. Gillings School of Global Public Health’s annual Racial Equity Institute, offered by local organization REI
  4. UNC’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion’s annual THINKposium
  5. Safe Zone Training at UNC – sponsored by the LGBTQ center, two trainings – one focused on basic LGBTQ issues, one focused on Gender Identity & Gender Expression which goes deeper into that topic
  6. HAVEN Training by the UNC Women’s Center
  7. UNC Green Zone training – focused on issues specific to student veterans
  8. Mental Health First Aid training at UNC – reducing stigma about mental health, and how to handle a mental health crisis
  9. One ACT bystander training
  10. UNC Diversity & Multicultural Affairs


  1. My IDP (Science Careers tool with career exploration section)
  2. UNC TIBBS: Professional and Career Development for graduate trainees
  3. UNC ImPACT: career exploration/internships supported by NIH BEST grant awarded to UNC
  4. UNC Office of Post Doctoral Affairs: resources for post-docs and their mentors
  5. Career information for trainees from Graduate Career Consortium
  6. Two videos about how NIH study section works:


General/Other resources

  1. Ten simple rules towards a healthier research labs – PLOS Paper on mentoring
  2. New PI Slack: a slack channel for new PIs (defined as new to your position, pre-tenure) with channels focusing on grant questions, personnel issues, teaching-related,  tenure-related, and more.  Created by Prachee Avasthi at University of Kansas Medical Center
  3. Mentor and Mentee training resources from CIMER (Center for  the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research, a spin-off of NRMN).  Includes other online trainings, materials, case studies, and more.