Faculty members who have taken advantage of this grant program in the past have found it to be an incredible opportunity to expand their mentor network and advance their scholarship and research. Here are a few examples of the benefits our past grant recipients have provided in their reports:
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences:
"This project was immensely beneficial to my professional development. My mentor visited my lab and thanks to her protocols and suggestions, a new technique is now working in my lab and generating much data. My mentor edited my grant proposal and wrote a strong letter of collaboration for the grant. This is the beginning of what I hope will be a career-long collaboration that will lead to joint funding and publications."
College of Architecture and Urban Studies:
"I hosted leading experts in my research field for lectures at Virginia Tech. As a result, my research relationships with my mentors at Virginia Tech were strengthened. These mentors and experts introduced me to academics and practitioners who have become my collaborators. I learned how to effectively present my skills and experience in grant proposals. I have strategically positioned my research and deepened my working relationships with people who will continue to be my allies and partners through the tenure process and beyond."
College of Engineering:
"I attended a workshop where I met two colleagues who agreed to mentor me and with whom I developed collaborative research relationships. As a result, I have two manuscripts close to completion, gave an invited seminar, submitted an NSF proposal, and have a proposal in development. I learned valuable time management and work/life balance skills from my mentors, which has decreased my stress level and increased my performance. I benefited from the mentoring project in several ways: it improved my technical skills, scholarly productivity, proposal writing, learned to balance my personal and academic life, improved time management skills, student advising structure, and lesson planning."
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences:
"I attended an international conference where I met with my mentor. She offered valuable advice regarding my scholarship and career. Most significantly, she read and offered detailed comments on my book proposal. I used her advice to revise the proposal and I am happy to report that my completed book manuscript is currently under review by a major press. I consider the establishment of this mentoring relationship to be the most important result of the mentoring grant, and one that will continue to pay dividends for years to come."
College of Natural Resources and Environment:
"Established a mentoring and collaborative relationship, and was invitied by my mentor to teach a two-week long course for Ph.D. students at an institute in Europe. While there I was able to establish connections with European scientists in my field. I also hosted my mentor at Virginia Tech for two days of one-on-one time with him, which was important for learning skills. The key benefit of this mentorship is the assistance my mentor has given in setting up and anlayzing my new research site.My mentor is an expert in the field and will be important for vetting the results from the new site. We continue to talk by phone and have meals together at meetings."
College of Science:
"The mentoring relationship led to direct advice regarding research projects and longer-term research goals—with specific reference to obtaining research funding. This mentoring relationship gave my scientific profile a substantial boost. I am certainly in better shape for the next few years thanks to this relationship, which I expect to continue through—and hopefully beyond—my time as an assistant professor."
Pamplin College of Business:
"I hosted a leading scholar for a presentation to my fellow faculty members. While he was here I spent a significant amount of time talking with him about research ideas and gaining a better understanding of how to improve my skills. The mentoring relationship that I developed has been, and will continue to be, very beneficial. He has reviewed my current working papers and offered very helpful feedback. He continues to offer assistance in my projects as I learn what it takes to publish in the elite journals."
"Attended a conference where I networked with senior researchers and received feedback on my doctoral research. I benefited from a one-on-one discussion with a reviewer who provided very helpful and constructive advice regarding the direction of my research. He introduced me to several colleagues who work in the same areas and use the same methods as I do. As a result, I improved my dissertation and gained a strong direction for publications that will follow my dissertation."
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine:
"I attended a symposium where leading scholars in my field were present. The relaxed venue provided me with the ideal opportunity to meet new mentoring partners and collaborators. I made numerous cross-disciplinary collaborations and major conceptual advances in my research program by attending this meeting. I presented my preliminary work and gained important project feedback as well as increased exposure to an international group of experts. In sum, it was an excellent way to fully immerse myself into this field and gain additional feedback regarding my research directions. I was invited to visit the universities of two respected scholars. The project I sought to expand by attending the symposia is now running strongly in my lab and has become a foundation for my research group. I have been invited to write a review for a high-profile journal."