Research Education and Careers in Health (REACH)

REACH Mentoring Program

The ultimate success of a program for developing CTS researchers depends on the presence of an environment that supports and fosters the growth of individuals throughout the development process. In addition to the formalized education programs currently offered through the CCTS REACH Program, we have also developed mentoring programs and services designed to develop the skills of mentors, foster support for career development of mentees, provide feedback to grant applicants prior to submission, and ultimately improve CTS research productivity among the UIC community. It is clear that building a strong network of mentors who provide both professional and personal guidance is a key component of any successful research career, but developing these effective mentoring relationships often presents challenges. Although there is no ideal mentoring model that works for everyone, here you will find a variety of resources, tools, and best practices literature designed to help overcome some of these obstacles.