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E-Mentoring Service Available at Ohio State: MentorNet

Two women on computersOhio State has enrolled in MentorNet, the award-winning, e-mentoring network for diversity in engineering and science, to offer one-on-one, e-mail-based mentoring opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral staff and early career faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. MentorNet is nonprofit and free to students and addresses the retention and success of those in engineering, science and mathematics, particularly but not exclusively women and other underrepresented groups. To find a mentor, fill out a profile online and select a mentor. To volunteer as a mentor, fill out a mentor profile online as well. OSU's enrollment in this service is funded by The Women's Place and the colleges of Engineering, Biological Sciences, and Math and Physical Sciences.

Managing Laboratories Workshops

Woman working in a science labThe Women's Place, in partnership with the Office of Human Resources and the University Faculty & Staff Assistance Program offered a series of workshops for women in the sciences on skills for managing laboratories during the 2005-06 academic year. The series was designed in consultation with women scientists from various departments based in part on the Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty. It consisted of the following eight, 2-hour workshops offered throughout the academic year:

Fall Quarter Workshops
Establishing Yourself as a Leader: How to be assertive with those you lead as well as with those to whom you report
Staffing Your Lab, Part 1: Recruiting, interviewing, evaluating candidates, making the offer
Staffing Your Lab, Part 2: Mentoring employees, performance evaluations, terminations

Winter Quarter Workshops
Developing & Managing Budgets
How to Have Difficult Conversations
Stress/Time Management

Spring Quarter Workshops
Negotiation/Conflict Management
Setting up collaborations: Should you and how to

The Women's Place Partnership with Project CEOS (Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State)

Two women in a science labThe Women's Place and Project CEOS partnered to offer a series of workshops on managing laboratories called “Skills for Managing Your Research Team and Laboratory.” Project CEOS worked to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers through research-based interventions that transformed the workplace culture and increased women's participation in the scientific and engineering workforce at Ohio State. Watch the Project CEOS video to learn more.

The workshops were based in part on the Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty. They were offered to all women faculty—tenured and tenure-track, clinical and research—during the 2011-12 academic year.

The topics offered at the workshops were as follows:

  • Strengths Assessment
  • Recruiting, Interviewing, and Hiring Staff
  • Staff Performance Evaluations; Dismissing Staff
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Building and Managing an Effective Team
  • Project Management
  • Creating and Managing Budgets
  • Grant Writing and Commercialization

Ohio State ADVANCE

Female nurse and doctor talkingThe Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Research, The Women’s Place, and Project Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State (CEOS) worked together during the 2011-12 academic year to create a new office, Gender Initiatives in STEMM, now known as Ohio State ADVANCE. Dr. Mary Juhas, clinical professor of materials science and engineering, co-PI on Project CEOS, and formerly the associate dean of diversity and outreach in the College of Engineering, assumed the role of associate vice president to direct this office.

In this position within the Office of Research, Juhas helps the university do a more effective job of recruiting women faculty in the STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) fields by expanding Ohio State’s networks with national and international professional organizations, assisting chairs and deans in recruiting women faculty, and collaborating with The Women's Place to assure that Ohio State is an inviting professional home for women faculty.

Dr. Juhas and Ohio State ADVANCE partners with TWP in a combined effort to help women thrive and advance at the university.