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Albert Shih

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Mentoring Plan for PhD Students

Communication and Meetings

How would you describe your advising style? Does your approach vary over the course of a student's progress within their degree?

I have a personalized mentoring style to meet student and project needs. I also promote team-work, especially with research partners in healthcare.

What is the best way/technology for students to contact you? Are there time frames in which students should expect to hear from you?

e-mail, Google Meet, and Zoom during the working hours.

How often do you plan to meet with students one-on-one (be as specific as possible, it's okay to describe multiple styles that may vary with student needs)? Is an agenda required? How long are meetings?

We have weekly group meeting with share research outcomes to the group.  When the research is mature to documentation in research papers, there will be individual and/or small group meeting for in-depth discussion.

Do you have regular group meetings? What does student participation look like in a group meeting?

Yes, we use Zoom for virtual group meeting.

Research and Teaching Expectations

Describe your students' primary area(s) of responsibility and expectations (e.g., reading peer-reviewed literature, in-lab working hours, etc.).

Students will make progress in research discovery and explore new innovations.

How do you decide authorship and/or authorship order?

The person who conduct most significant part of the work will be the first author.

Do you ask students in your group to serve as a GSI over the course of their program?

Yes, if it does not affect their research progress.  It is good to gain experience of teaching which is also a privilege to have the opportunity to education a new generation of students.

Do you have general expectations for graduation?

Yes, in general three journal-quality research papers.

Are you supportive of your students going on internships? If so, is there a time of year that is best? How many internships can they do?

Yes, typically one internship if it helps the research.

Opportunities for Feedback

How do you provide students with feedback regarding overall progress, research activities, etc.?

I use various forms via email, written, and verbal ways to provide feedback.

How far in advance of a deadline should a student expect to provide written work for feedback, such as publication drafts?

It depends from student to student and journal to journal.

How do you solicit feedback from your students?

From discussion with students and research partners/sponsors.

Conference Attendance

Which meetings do your students generally attend? What funding is available to attend these meetings?

My students typically attend the medical device and/or manufacturing conferences.

Time Away from Campus

Discuss expectations regarding vacations and time away from campus and how best to plan for them. What is the time-frame for notification regarding anticipated absences?

It is typically approved as long as it is reasonable and research is making a good progress.

Are there specific standard times that students in your group generally take vacation?

Typically during the summer and winter/fall break week.

What do you do to facilitate students taking time off (e.g., do you proactively encourage people to take vacation after major deadlines)?

It is up to students.

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