Mentorship

Postdocs are in a unique position where they are taking on more mentoring responsibility, while also entering into a more complex mentored experience. It is imperative to establish productive relationships with faculty mentors and mentees.

Postdocs and their primary faculty mentor should establish expectations from the outset and revisit them annually. We highly recommend that postdocs seek out at least 1 additional mentor to navigate your personal and professional development. A supportive environment is key to postdoctoral success.

The OPA offers a mentorship training program using an evidence-based curriculum developed by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research and supported by the National Research Mentoring Network. This program helps postdocs navigate mentor-mentee relationships from both sides and provides a practical framework to develop their own mentoring philosophy.

Here are a few online resources that can help you establish productive mentoring relationships:

The WashU Postdoc Society selects an Outstanding Faculty Mentor from postdoc nominations at the annual symposium every spring.

These faculty have been honored with this award 2005-2019:

Linda Cottler Professor, Psychiatry 2005
Robert Mecham Professor, Medicine, Cell Biology and Physiology 2006
Karen O’Malley Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology 2007
Aaron DiAntonio Associate Professor, Developmental Biology 2008
Craig Coopersmith Associate Professor, Surgery 2009
Eric Herzog Associate Professor, Biology 2010
Tammie Benzinger Assistant Professor, Radiology 2011
Tiffany Knight Associate Professor, Biology 2012
Steven Petersen Professor, Neurology 2013
Robert Schreiber Professor, Pathology & Immunology 2014
Kelly Monk Assistant Professor, Developmental Biology 2015
Brian Finck Associate Professor, IM: Nutritional Science 2016
Clay Semenkovich Professor, Medicine, Cell Biology and Physiology 2017
Maria Remedi Assistant Professor, Medicine, Cell Biology and Physiology 2018
Robert Gereau Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor, Anesthesiology WU Pain Center 2019

The WashU Postdoc Society selects an Outstanding Postdoc Mentor or Teacher Award from postdoc nominations at the annual symposium every spring.

The postdoc honored with the award for 2019:

Max Staller Postdoc Research Associate, Genetics 2019