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Academy of Research Mentors

"The primary mission of an academic medical institution is to ensure values, standards and practices of science are effectively transmitted from one generation to another… a core component of this process is mentoring"

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UTMB has a long history of successfully mentoring scientists throughout their careers. Traditionally, most investigators learn to mentor by imitating their own teachers and through informal observations and experiences. While valuable, this approach doesn’t fully address the complexity of developing the next generation of researchers.

In an effort to improve the quality of mentoring and multidisciplinary research at UTMB, the Institute for Translational Sciences (ITS) developed the ARM - an integral component of the institution’s Clinical and Translational Science Award. In May 2012, ARM was formally established with the charge of serving all academic components of UTMB. In 2018, ARM became integrated under the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

Accordingly, ARM is engaged in the following:

  • Developing faculty mentoring and team research skills
  • Setting standards for mentoring and team research excellence
  • Promoting mentoring and team innovation
  • Improving the number and quality of mentors and teams by recognizing and rewarding excellence in mentoring and team-based research

ARM New Mentee Application

Once you complete the application, please submit it to Helen Bullard. 


Levin Hall
5.518, Mail Route 1042
Galveston, TX 77555-1042
Phone: (409) 266-1646

Fernanda Laezza, MD, PhD





 Celeste C. Finnerty, PhD

Mission Statement

The mission of the Academy of Research Mentors (ARM) is to support all faculty members with an interest (primary or secondary) in research by providing mentoring, stimulating collaboration, and promoting scholarship. This mission includes research mentorship of mentees, as well as mentors and their quest to become more skillful and successful in mentorship. The overall goal of the ARM is to provide guidance and a pathway for all mentees to become highly successful investigators and leaders, thus, achieving excellence in their respective professional careers at all faculty ranks. 


The primary goals of the ARM are currently focused on faculty mentoring programs, and include:
  1. Supporting the recruitment and retention of the highest quality faculty
  2. Improving faculty career satisfaction and success, through:
    • Facilitating additional mentoring support for junior faculty
    • Providing training for mentors
    • Evaluating mentor-mentee relationships
    • Enhancing recognition of effective mentors
    • Promoting interest and support for mentoring on campus
    • Recruiting leading research mentors into the ARM