Research Administration Mentoring Program (RAMP)
The RPC is implementing the Research Administration Mentoring Program (RAMP), which aims to encourage mentoring across medical school departments.

The School of Medicine has existing staff members who have attained a wealth of knowledge, skills, and abilities in grant application procedures and administration. These staff members can provide assistance and guidance to staff who are new to the field or university, and have not had the opportunity to acquire these skills.
RAMP Details:
  • RAMP is open to all School of Medicine basic science, clinical, and administrative departments.
  • Mentors should be senior staff, with at least two years of University experience in grant administration.
  • Participation in RAMP will require approval of both the staff member’s immediate supervisor and the RPC.
  • The RPC will match experienced Mentors with Mentees who have the desire to develop professionally in grant administration.
  • The pilot program will initially be limited to three partnerships (3 Mentees and 3 Mentors).
  • The program will start in November 2016.
Both the Mentors and Mentees involved in RAMP will have an opportunity to build important relationships and enhance their professional growth. Mentoring will involve periodic meetings, phone calls, and emails with their Mentees. The time commitment for this program is not expected to be burdensome (less than 2-3 hours per month), but will provide invaluable knowledge and support to departments with more inexperienced grant staff, as well as useful professional development for the Mentors themselves.

Implementation of the program will start with individual workshops for Mentors and Mentees to establish expectations, duration, and time frames. The Mentee workshop will emphasize career planning and identification of career goals and a mid-year workshop for Mentees will focus on partnerships and progress, and the sharing of tips and advice. Ongoing Mentor workshops will focus on coaching, giving effective feedback, and handling difficult conversations. The program will end with an event to recognize all Mentors and Mentees.
Nominate a Mentee for RAMP
Email the Research Planning Committee c/o Denise Johnson (johnsod@slu.edu), with your nominee’s name, department, position, position responsibilities, and an explanation of how this program could benefit your department’s research mission.
Apply to be a Mentor
Potential Mentors should complete the Mentor Application form posted here: RAMP Mentor Application.