Research Mentoring and Education


What is Mentoring?

Mentoring can be defined as "faculty with useful experience, knowledge, skills, and/or wisdom offers advice, information, guidance, support, or opportunity to another faculty member for that individual’s professional development." Berk RA, Berg J, Mortimer R, Walton-Moss B, Yeo TP. Measuring the effectiveness of faculty mentoring relationships. Acad Med. 2005;80(1):66-71.

SYNERGY’s Research Mentoring and Education is a critical component of SYNERGY’s overall Education, Training and Career Development Program. Its specific purpose is to provide research mentoring to junior faculty members who aspire to become independent investigators. Its aim is to help early-career investigators compete for NIH (and other extramural) research funding and increase the Geisel/Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) pool of successful translational scientists.

Research Mentoring and Education can:

  • Provide assistance in identifying mentors for eligible junior faculty
  • Support and facilitate career development through mentor/mentee relationships
  • Provide training opportunities for successful mentoring
  • Connect mentees to existing SYNERGY services and institutional resources.
  • Track progress of developing investigators

For assistance in choosing and contacting a mentor, or for more information, contact:

In addition to mentoring, SYNERGY has valuable Research Consultation Services to assist you in your research development or initiation. See the listing here at:

Grant Support

Funding Opportunities

Grant Writing and Editing Support

  • GrantGPS is an initiative funded by the Dartmouth Offices of the Provost and President, and directed by Dean Madden, PhD, that supports grant-writing activities across Dartmouth. GrantGPS provides opportunities to assist all faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in developing and writing effective and successful grant proposals. This group facilitates and covers all costs for professional pre-submission editing and outside review of grant proposals. The group also organizes workshops which provide training on specific grant mechanisms, including NIH and NSF research proposals, grant funding in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and more. Read More: GrantGPS

Institutional Resources

    Dartmouth College Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
  • The Office of Sponsored Projects serves as a central resource to support the research at Dartmouth by providing guidance and stewardship for the research community and the College. OSP provides both pre-award and post-award services and has primary responsibility for assuring Dartmouth's compliance with the regulations of a range of funding agencies, for negotiating Dartmouth's indirect cost rate, and monitoring college-wide implications of these negotiations on a regular basis.
    Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries
  • The Biomedical Libraries consist of the Dana Biomedical Library on the Medical School's Hanover campus and the Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Services include: literature searching, systematic review support, instruction in the use of information resources (MEDLINE, evidence-based medicine tools, EndNote/RefWorks, PowerPoint, and more), and assistance with scholarly publishing and copyright.

Additional Reading

Abedin Z, Rebello TJ, Richards BF, Pincus HA. Mentor training within academic health centers with Clinical and Translational Science Awards. Clin Transl Sci. 2013 Oct;6(5):376-80.

Brandt DS, Bosch M, Bayless M, Sinkey CA, Bodeker K, Sprenger K, Johnson K, Gilmore JM. A CTSA-sponsored program for clinical research coordination: networking, education, and mentoring. Clin Transl Sci. 2011 Feb;4(1):42-7.

Burnham EL, Schiro S, Fleming M. Mentoring K scholars: strategies to support research mentors. Clin Transl Sci. 2011 Jun;4(3):199-203.

Feldman MD, Steinauer JE, Khalili M, Huang L, Kahn JS, Lee KA, Creasman J,Brown JS. A mentor development program for clinical translational science faculty leads to sustained, improved confidence in mentoring skills. Clin Transl Sci.2012 Aug;5(4):362-7.

Keller TE, Collier PJ, Blakeslee JE, Logan K, McCracken K, Morris C. Early career mentoring for translational researchers: mentee perspectives on challenges and issues. Teach Learn Med. 2014;26(3):211-6.

Pfund C, House S, Spencer K, Asquith P, Carney P, Masters KS, McGee R, Shanedling J, Vecchiarelli S, Fleming M. A research mentor training curriculum for clinical and translational researchers. Clin Transl Sci. 2013 Feb;6(1):26-33.

Pfund C, House SC, Asquith P, Fleming MF, Buhr KA, Burnham EL, Eichenberger Gilmore JM, Huskins WC, McGee R, Schurr K, Shapiro ED, Spencer KC, Sorkness CA. Training mentors of clinical and translational research scholars: a randomized controlled trial. Acad Med. 2014 May;89(5):774-82.

Sorkness CA, Pfund C, Asquith P, Drezner MK. Research mentor training: initiatives of the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Clin Transl Sci. 2013 Aug;6(4):256-8.