The Compact between postdoctoral scholars and faculty mentors is a document developed at UNMC to initiate discussion about the Postdoctoral Scholar-Mentor relationships and obligations for a high quality postdoctoral training experience. 

OBLIGATIONS OF A POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

  1. Develops a mutually defined research project (s) with the mentor that includes well-defined goals and timeliness.
  2. Participates actively and conscientiously in a research project(s) outlined in discussion with the faculty mentor.
  3. Seeks regular feedback on his/hers performance and participates in a formal evaluation by the mentor at least annually (Annual Review Form)
  4. Develop an individual  development plan (IDP) with the mentor.
  5. Exhibits good laboratory practice such as careful maintenance of research record and compliance with guidelines for biosafety and those involving animals and human subjects in research.
  6. Complies with UNMC policies and guidelines on scientific conduct, intellectual property and laboratory safety.
  7. Maintains collegial conduct towards mentor and co-workers.
  8. Attends Orientation and mandatory Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) workshop in the freshman year. Attends career development workshops/seminars (i.e., grant-writing workshops, placement workshops and workshops to improve scientific writing and presentation).

OBLIGATIONS OF A FACULTY MENTOR

  1. Ensures that a mutually agreed upon set of expectations and goals are in place at the outset of the postdoctoral training.
  2. Provides adequate facilities, resources and guidance to achieve the agreed upon goals of the project.
  3. Ensures timely submission of the scholar’s research for publication/presentation and that he/she gets appropriate credit
  4. Provides adequate guidance and mentoring in manuscript preparation and presentation of scientific information.
  5. Reviews scholar’s performance annually, in terms of research endeavor and career development. A copy of the evaluation, countersigned by the scholar, should be made available to the scholar and postdoctoral education office.
  6. Ensures that a scholar attends Orientation and mandatory Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) workshop in the freshman year.
  7. Encourages scholars to attend career development workshops/seminars (i.e., grant-writing workshops, placement workshops and workshops to improve scientific writing and presentation).

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