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Navigating the Academic Hand-off: Graduate Students and Postdocs as Scientific Trainers

July 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT


Passing down scientific knowledge is a common but often overlooked part of work for advanced graduate students and postdocs working with more junior student researchers. In this workshop, you will apply teaching and learning strategies to streamline your research training, develop training resources, and assess your trainee’s learning. Together, we’ll explore how to identify knowledge bottlenecks, how to articulate training needs and goals, and how to improve collaboration on training with the various trainees you’re guiding through these processes. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Describe a training task in which you, as a trainee, encountered a bottleneck and how you overcame it.
  • Assess your training approach for the above task to recognize where you may overlook complexity faced by a new trainee.
  • Analyze your process to accomplish this task and construct a procedure to ease trainee’s learning, practice, and mastery.
  • Leave with documented steps for a future training scenario they expect to encounter with a novice researcher


Jesse Streicher, Stanford University
Amanda Modell, Stanford University

Workshop Schedule

This one-session online workshop meets in Zoom on Wednesday, July 31 at 2-3:30pm Atlantic / 1-2:30pm Eastern / 12-1:30pm Central / 11am-12:30pm Mountain / 10-11:30am Pacific.


This workshop is designed for advanced grad students or postdocs in STEM/SBE disciplines who have responsibility for training junior graduate students.

Registration and Enrollment

Cap: 40. Registration opens on Monday, July 8 at 11am Central Time; once open, registration will close when capacity is reached or on Friday, July 26, whichever comes first. Registration will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and registrants from CIRTL member institutions or alumni of CIRTL member institutions will receive priority. Once registration closes, all registrants will be notified of their enrollment status.


If you have access needs, please let us know what they are. Contact Kate Diamond (, who is supporting this workshop, to let us know how we can help you have a successful experience. In addition to meeting individualized needs, we will also take measures throughout the workshop to support accessibility for all our students:

  • Using alt-text on images in reading materials
  • Sending pre-session reminders with upcoming assignments to all students
  • Sharing materials for synchronous sessions with students (slides, activity instructions, etc.)
  • Enabling live captioning in synchronous sessions
  • Incorporating multiple modes of interaction into synchronous sessions

Learning Outcomes

All CIRTL Network programming is designed to help participants achieve familiarity with our Core Ideas. This workshop is designed around the following learning outcomes.

Associate: Evidence-based teaching

  • Describe and recognize the value of realistic well-defined, achievable, measurable and student-centered learning goals.
  • Describe several assessment techniques and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals.
  • Describe several known high-impact, evidence-based effective instructional practices and materials and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals.

Associate: Learning communities

  • Describe several techniques for creating a learning community within a learning environment, including strategies that promote positive interdependence between learners so as to accomplish learning goals.


July 31
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT
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