Mentors Application

If you wish to serve as a mentor on our training grant please provide us with a brief document indicating a few sentences describing your research and attach an NIH style biosketch. Submit this material to Mary Sheffer.


Our philosophy is that mentoring is an important and lasting commitment by a faculty member to the education and development of a trainee's career. The faculty of the training grant commit to sharing our experience and knowledge of science, as well as, to provide guidance in professional development to our students and post-doctoral fellows.

The full mentor acts as an interface between the trainees and the broad range of scientific expertise here at UVa and guides the trainee to be an independent researcher or teacher. The mentor insures that the trainee meets the requirements of his or her department and participates in the activities of the training grant.

Our criteria for inclusion as a potential new mentor include: 1) national level peer-reviewed funding, i.e. R01 or equivalent grants; 2) a significant publication record, including a minimum of one high quality peer-reviewed publication originating from the mentor's own, independent laboratory; 3) research focus in an area appropriate for training in some area of cardiovascular research; and 4) a commitment to the goals of the Training Program and a willingness to fully participate in its activities.

We recognize that these criteria may exclude junior faculty who have not yet established their own independent laboratories. Such individuals of course may provide an extremely rich environment for training, and thus, new faculty members who are in good standing with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, but who have yet to achieve all the accomplishments of a full mentor, may serve as a co-mentor for trainee with a formal co-mentoring relationship with one of our full mentors. Such co-mentoring relationships should be mutually beneficial to the new mentor, the established mentor, and most importantly, the trainee.

It is important to note that we and the NIH expect that mentors will devote time and effort to the training and advising their mentees, including: instruction in the preparation of grants and papers, advice on choice of a career, and assistance with job application and hiring. The NIH has a well-developed web site guiding the formulation of a post-doctoral fellow's mentoring plan, and recommendations for mentoring activities, and we ask that you work through this material before you undertake bringing on a new fellow. In addition the National Post-doctoral Association has a proposal that advisors and fellows jointly develop a formal plan for the fellow's training, which we strongly support. We do ask that each mentor encourage his or her trainees to visit these web sites, and think carefully about what their expectations are and share those with the trainee.