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mentoring and diekhoff award committee

Mark Barnes, Committee Chairperson

Introduction: Mentoring is key for graduate students who work closely with their advisors and with their peers. Although graduate students come to graduate school with their own goals, ideas, and dreams, there are other important factors that contribute to sustaining and furthering this initial motivation. The two most important factors that have been continuously identified in the educational literature as furthering the success of graduate students are the strength of the peers and the advisor?s belief in students succeeding. Mentoring comes into play in both peer and faculty relationships with graduate students. Peers can mentor each other professionally and specific to the discipline, helping in sharing unsaid rules which could foster the career in graduate school and to make the most out of this time. Faculty, on the other hand, can mentor the student and introduce the student to how to become a good scholar and how to transit into the profession while the years of graduate school go by. These relationships are long enduring and need to be maintained in an equilibrium based on mutual respect and honesty as a basic underlying principle. The graduate student mentoring and mentee guidebooks deliver excellent resources for faculty and graduate students, respectively to see how mentoring ideally should be handled. The handbooks are based on collected data and have been instrumental in guiding the work and goals of this semester?s mentoring committee. In addition, we emphasize the necessity to recognize diversity in terms of race/class/and gender and citizenship in mentor relationships. Related to mentoring is the Diekhoff Award, which recognizes outstanding advising and classroom teaching of graduate students. The committee has begun to work on the Diekhoff Award 2010 which honors Prof. John S. Diekhoff, who served CWRU from 1956 to 1970 in many functions. We are working on a call of nominations, on the interviews, and on evaluating the winner for the Graduate School which administers and sponsors the Diekhoff Award Ceremony taking place in the Alumni house in the end of April and at Graduation.

Mentoring Committee Charge:
The mentoring committee is dedicated to develop the graduate student's transition from a junior student to a future colleague. We focus on building and sustaining a system of support, finding a preventive suitable conflict resolution mechanism, pointing to the necessity to recognize diversity students and faculty in mentor relationships, and graduate student training and education.

About the Chair: I am finishing my third year in the Molecular Medicine PhD program. I am fortunate to work for one of the leaders in the field of Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD) and innate immunology. My project focuses on how ethanol consumption affects macrophage polarization between M1-M2 phenotypes and how Macrophage migration inhibitory factor contributes to progression of ALD. In addition to serving as Molecular Medicine Senator, I am a member of the Diekhoff Award Committee, Molecular Medicine Diversity Initiative Group and Molecular Medicine Peer Mentoring Group.  Outside of the lab, I enjoy many sports, as both a spectator and participant. Fun fact: During the Fall, my Saturdays are completely dedicated to Ohio State football; Go Bucks!

Statement of Intent: My involvement in GSS allows me the opportunity to accomplish 3 goals: connect the students of the Molecular Medicine Program with CWRU, meet and network with peers and future colleagues, and most importantly, give something back to the university. Serving on the Diekhoff Award Committee was a great experience and has allowed me to accomplish my goals, but I feel my work isn’t done and I want to do more. The current Mentoring Committee Chair has been a great example and I look forward to following her lead and thinking of new, innovative ways to improve graduate student mentoring.

View some important documents form the mentoring committee below:

Mentoring Guidebook for Faculty | Download a PDF (1.2 MB)
Authored by: 2007-2008 GSS Mentoring Committee
2007-2008 Committee Chair, Craig Rudick

Mentee Guidebook for Students | Download a PDF (0.9 MB)
Authored by: 2008-2009 GSS Mentoring Committee
2008-2009 Committee Chair, James P. Harris

Mentoring Survey Report | Download a PDF (7.7 MB)
Authored by: 2008-2009 GSS Mentoring Committee
2008-2009 Committee Chair, James P. Harris

Being a Mentor-Mentee, A Presentation | Download a PDF (77 kB)
Authored by: Mano Singham, Director of UCITE


Committee Member E-Mail  
Ashley Gan gss-mentoring@case.edu Committee Chair
Yotam Blech-Hermoni yotam.blech-hermoni@case.edu  
Victoria Rusnak victoria.rusnak@case.edu  
Timothy Franke tim.franke@case.edu  
Jenni Bartholomew jennifer.bartholomew@case.edu  

Committee Goals:

  • Creating a sustainable mentoring system at CWRU for student mentors and emeriti as mentors.
  • Promoting the Mentor and Mentee Handbooks as well as keeping the up-to-date with bi-annual revisions
  • Gauging mentoring needs through the deployment of a campus-wide mentoring survey. 
  • Vetting and selecting outstanding mentors and teachers to receive the Diekhoff awards

Mentoring Committee Meeting Minutes / Agendas: