Mentor Training

Former mentor and mentee having a discussion

Learn how to advance the next generation of health researchers by becoming an effective research mentor.

In-person and online training from CTSI and its partners are designed to help University of Minnesota faculty members improve their research mentorship skills. This ultimately prepares them to support budding student, trainee, and faculty researchers.

In-person training

Improve your research mentoring skills by attending our Mentoring Excellence Training Academy (META). META is open to faculty investigators who hold appointments in any of the University's health sciences colleges/schools and the College of Biological Sciences. Faculty in other colleges across the U of M can participate if they are engaged in biomedical research.

Enrollment for META is currently closed. Please complete this interest form to be notified of upcoming sessions.

Online courses

Develop your research mentoring skills through self-paced, online courses. Courses are available at no charge to people affiliated with the University of Minnesota and to external users who create a guest account with the University.

How to register

Guides to registering for or re-accessing the course:


  • Defines different types of mentoring models that are applied in research settings.
  • Summarizes the roles and responsibilities of research mentors.
  • Outlines steps for navigating the core phases of a mentoring relationship.
  • Offers strategies for supporting mentees' intellectual, professional, and psychosocial development.
  • Includes online activities designed to help address specific mentoring challenges.

Note: If you registered for this module before the updated version launched on August 19, 2019, you’ll need to re-register using the new system.


  • Adaptation of Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring 101.
  • Features content and activities specific to mentors working with undergraduate research trainees.

Enhancing Motivation Using the CARES Mentoring Model 
  • Describes a theoretically driven approach to mentoring that focuses on attending to the core psychological needs that enhance a mentee’s motivation.
  • Covers basic motivation concepts and their well-researched impact on mentees' satisfaction, performance, and persistence in educational and professional settings.
  • Guides learners on strategies for putting the model’s principles into action with their mentees.