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Fall 2019 RCR Forum: Communicating Honestly (but Tactfully) with Mentors and Mentees

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Wednesday, November 06, 2019
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Melissa Segal, LCSW
Mentoring and Communication Series

Many of us strive for perfection-or at least near perfection-and we want others to see us as exceptional. Perhaps for that reason, do you find it difficult to receive criticism from your mentor? Do you hesitate to be honest with your mentor? Do you struggle with how to provide feedback to the students or techs in the lab? Through discussion and role-plays, we'll explore how to provide and receive feedback that will help us in our quest to be exceptional.

SPEAKER: Melissa Segal, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who has provided individual, couples, and family counseling; facilitated a variety of support and educational groups; and implemented professional development and training. She is currently the Senior Business Manager of Duke Neurobiology and serves on the Neurobiology Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the SOM Diversity and Inclusion Council, and the SOM Harassment Taskforce.

NOTE: To facilitate small group discussion, class size is limited to 25 participants. Attendance is limited to Postdoctoral Associates, Postdoctoral Scholars, and Graduate Students - researchers in other job categories may join the wait list . Because space is limited, please do not register unless you are sure you can attend.

NOTE: This seminar provides Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) credit. Questions? Contact Molly Starback, Director of Duke Postdoctoral Services, at, or Hugh Crumley, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, at

Contact: Molly Starback