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SCOARE Faculty Workshop: How to Mentor Scientifi­c Communication

You are an important supporter of graduate and postdoctoral trainees. To provide additional opportunities to support your trainees, we are partnering with investigators at MD Anderson Cancer Center to bring you an NIH-funded faculty mentor training workshop “Scientific Communication Advances Research Excellence” (SCOARE).  The project includes a companion research study of workshop participants and their research trainees. You are invited to attend the workshop as well as to participate in the associated research study assessing workshop outcomes.

What is the SCOARE workshop

In this half-day workshop, you will learn best practices and strategies for helping trainees develop their scientific speaking and writing skills, which has been shown to build trainees’ commitment to research careers. The workshop will be facilitated by Drs. Carrie Cameron and Shine Chang of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

What is the SCOARE study? 

The companion research study will investigate the translational effectiveness of the workshop. It involves confidential pre- and post-workshop surveys for participating mentors and up to 3 of their trainees. You and your trainees will be offered compensation upon completion of study assessment surveys.

What are the expected outcomes?

The workshop will focus on practical mentoring strategies you can use in your mentoring immediately that are effectiveefficient, and accessible to mentors. Former attendees say:

“This should be a mandatory requirement for new faculty who participate in mentoring.”

“My students have demonstrated a great level of improvement in their writing skillsets.”

The trainees of former attendees say:

“Our communication has improved drastically over the last few months.”

“Our meetings are much more productive and our mentor/mentee relationship has grown.”

How do I participate?

The workshop is a half-day (lunch provided) and is limited to 20 attendees. To participate, you can either attend the workshop and participate in the research study, or attend the workshop only. Priority for spaces will be given to study participants; however, study participation is not required for workshop participation. The workshop will be held:

Please register here.

Participating in the workshop and the associated study are great ways to support our trainees and research training and to add to our own professional development. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either the local workshop team at or the SCOARE Team at

Categories: Opportunities for Trainees