The Trainee Podcast
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Course Overview

In this podcast, we interview a diverse set of scientists about advanced mentor-mentee relationship topics. Through these thoughtful conversations, we explore concrete strategies and approaches to address common, but challenging, issues you might encounter with your research mentor or Principal Investigator (PI).

Course Features

  • 7 podcast episodes (13-22 minutes each) on tricky issues you might have with your PI
  • Interviews with 12 experts on mentor-mentee relationships
  • Podcast produced by two science educators, skilled in curriculum design for researchers-in-training
  • Built for the undergrad, postbacc, or grad student in research training

Course Details

Enrollment Starts Enrollment is open
Course Starts Anytime, self-paced
Course Ends
May 12, 2025 9 p.m. PDT
May 13, 2025 04:00 UTC
Certificate Yes
Badge No

About This PODCAST!

This podcast is a little different than most podcasts. You will be able to give us feedback on each episode immediately after listening to it and you will have the opportunity to participate in research around the podcast (introductory survey). Don’t worry, you can still give us feedback without having to agree to be part of the research study!

We are hosting this podcast first on our courses platform so listeners can easily (and with no extra clicking!) fill out a feedback survey for each podcast episode as soon as they're done listening to it. No fuss, no muss, and ALL THE FEEDBACK. 

We’re so excited to hear what you think of this podcast. It’s one of our first big experiments in audio content production and the topic is one that personally resonates with us. Everyone on the podcast team has stories of how mentors have changed their lives, for the better and the worse. And we’ve created a series of episodes that many of us wished we could have listened to when we were in research training. We’re hoping this podcast fills a gap that maybe you didn’t even know you had.

“The Trainee Podcast: Build Your Research Community,” is the second part of our “Build Your Research Community” online course on mentoring relationships in science. This podcast covers advanced topics in mentor-mentee relationships so that you can work with your PI in the most effective way possible. There are 7 episodes and 12 experts on mentor-mentee relationships. The episodes are:

  • Episode 1: Building Bridges: Finding Your “Ideal” Mentor-Mentee Relationship
  • Episode 2: Crossroads Ahead: Strategies to Successfully Transition Through Career Stages
  • Episode 3: Exploring Careers with Your Advisor: From Interests to Action
  • Episode 4: Receiving and Responding to Feedback on Your Research
  • Episode 5: Finding Common Ground: Resolving Conflicts with Your Advisor
  • Episode 6: Communicating to Align Expectations and Self-Advocate
  • Episode 7: Advisor Insights: What are they thinking?

We can’t wait to hear what you think!


There are no requirements needed to take this class.

Course Format & Certification

The Trainee Podcast is an on-demand, self-paced course. This means that, as soon as you enroll (and the course has started), all course content is available to you and may be consumed at your own pace. You will receive an iBiology Courses Certificate of Completion if you pass the course.

Citing this Podcast

Schnoes, A.M., Veguilla, R., Behrman, S.L., Branchaw, J.L., Butz, A.R., Goodwin, S.S., The Trainee Podcast: Build Your Research Community. iBiology Courses. May 13, 2024.


(Names in alphabetical order.)


Joseph Ayoob, Ph.D.
Sherilynn Black, Ph.D.
Daniel Colón-Ramos, Ph.D.
Mónica Feliú Mójer, Ph.D.
Giovanna Guerrero-Medina, Ph.D.
Jennysue Kasiah
Lorenzo Lones, Ph.D.
Ushma Neill, Ph.D.
Nathan Nhat Nguyen, Ph.D.
Fátima Sancheznieto, Ph.D.
Ryan Valdez
Ron Vale, Ph.D.


Alexandra Schnoes, Ph.D.


Sarah Goodwin, Ph.D.
Thi Nguyen, Ph.D.
Alexandra Schnoes, Ph.D.
Rosa Veguilla, Ph.D.


Alexandra Schnoes, Ph.D.
Rosa Veguilla, Ph.D.

Podcast Development Team

Shannon Behrman, Ph.D.
Janet Branchaw, Ph.D.
Amanda Butz, Ph.D.
Sarah Goodwin, Ph.D.
Elliot Kirschner
Alexandra Schnoes, Ph.D.
Rosa Veguilla, Ph.D.


Lee Rossoff



Technical Lead

Daniel McQuillen

This course has been developed with support from a National Institute for General Medical Sciences grant (R25GM139147).

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