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2024 NSHE Mentoring Institute: Value, Challenges, and Opportunities for Mentorship in Nevada

June 4, 2024
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

June 5, 2024
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Embassy Suites by Hilton Las Vegas
4315 University Center Dr.,
Las Vegas, NV 89119
June 4, 2024
  • 23 Days
  • 13 Hrs
  • 40 Min
  • 45 Sec

About the Training

Interactive, in-person mentor training for NSHE research faculty of all career levels, who mentor others, particularly in STEM research. Practical Strategies is designed to provide resources, infrastructure and connectivity, to support research and workforce development in STEM. The goal of this mentor training is to accelerate the process of becoming an effective research mentor and building capacity at NSHE institutions, providing mentors the opportunity to learn about research mentorship and professional development opportunities and a forum in which to solve mentoring dilemmas with the help of their peers. Mentors will develop skills for engaging in productive, culturally responsive, research mentoring relationships—relationships that optimize the success of both mentors and mentees.

It’s important for each NSHE institution to have representatives in attendance who are willing and able to further foster research mentoring within their programs, departments and/or institutions.

Participants will:

  1. Identify more equitable approaches for outreach to broaden student participation in undergraduate research.
  2. Discuss the value of “tiered-peer mentoring” and the effectiveness of enabling students as mentors.
  3. Discover strategies that foster equity and inclusion of diverse populations in research mentoring.
  4. Connect with other NSHE institutions and colleagues.

Agenda to be posted soon.

Detailed Agenda

Invited participants will be reimbursed for all travel costs associated with the retreat. Process travel through your department at your institution and after the retreat furnish a copy of your completed travel claim to to reimburse your department.


Embassy Suites by Hilton Las Vegas
4315 University Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89119702-795-2800

Off East Tropicana Ave, Embassy Suites is a half-mile from University of Nevada Las Vegas and Cox Pavillion and about five minutes away from Harry Reid International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip. Amenities include an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and premium suites with snacks and pool views. Guests are invited to a free made-to-order breakfast and a complimentary evening reception.

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Winny Dong

Professor and Director of Projects & Research
College of Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona

Winny Dong , chemical and materials engineering professor, has taken on a variety of roles during her tenure at Cal Poly Pomona. She is highly regarded for her knowledge, care for students and commitment to reduce the achievement gap for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students. To this end, she has secured $13.2 million for scholarships and programs.

Dong has led and founded several programs at Cal Poly Pomona that encourage student research, provide academic support and ease the path to graduate studies. The programs include the Office of Undergraduate Research, Achieve Scholars Program, Office of Projects and Research for the College of Engineering, Engineering Scholars Program and the McNair Scholars Program.

In addition to student support programs, Dong led the development of the Innovation and Commercialization Lab in 2008, which brings together business, engineering, science and social- science students to create novel products and introduce them to market. She is the co-founder and faculty director of the Learn Through Discovery Initiative, which provides all Cal Poly Pomona students with the opportunity to engage in a signature polytechnic experience – one that includes community engagement, innovation and research. Dong has been named the Provost Teacher-Scholar on three occasions and was recognized with the Provost Award for Excellence in Research in 2015.

Council on Undergraduate Research


Register Today

Please complete the online application and lodging by Monday, May 27th.

As this is an intensive training, space is limited. In the event more applications are received than spots are available, applications will be reviewed, and selections will be made based on academic and research interests and optimal group composition.