Mentoring Tips and Tricks for Early Career Professionals

February 8, 2017
2 p.m. EDT

You are responsible for managing people, but how do you juggle getting the job done, inspiring your mentees, and empowering your grad students to be the best they can be? You will learn how to be a good leader, traits to look for in mentees, how to tailor your mentoring to each individual, and more.


About our Speaker:


Dr. Tracy Leskey holds a Ph.D. degree in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA; a M.S. Degree in Ecology from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; and a B.S .degree from Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA.  She has been employed by the USDA-ARS, Appalachian Fruit Research Station, in Kearneysville as a Research Entomologist since September 2000. Her research has focused on development of behaviorally-based management tools for invasive and native pests of fruit crops. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, three patents and over 40 other publications including book chapters and proceeding articles.  She has served as an advisor or committee member to over 15 graduate students and advisor to 5 post-doctoral researchers.  She has served as a liaison to the House Agricultural Appropriations Committee, providing numerous updates on the pest status of and research progress on the invasive brown marmorated stink bug.  Dr. Leskey has been interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and NPR and appeared live on Science Friday, Fox News and C-SPAN and has done several stories with National Geographic.  As a lead Project Director, she has secured over $12 million in extramural funding and served as President of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America.

Participants will learn:

  • Importance of cultivating a collaborative, dynamic laboratory group as well as nurturing individual members.
  • Instilling the importance of both ‘big picture’ and single experiment views of a particular research project. 
  • Importance of seizing professional opportunities.   

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