The UMass Lowell’s Advancement of Mentoring Practice Program (AMPP) is an innovative mentoring training program created by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from engineering and education.

Faculty mentoring plays a vital role in the success and persistence of doctoral students, especially minority students. 

Unlike previous training programs designed only for mentors or mentees, the AMPP allows advisors and their advisees to create or tailor mentoring tools that uniquely fit their relationships. 

AMPP is organized into a series of parallel training sessions for advisors and advisees. The five training topics are introduced in the order of:

  • effective communication across cultures
  • researcher independence
  • expectation agreement and networking
  • encouragement
  • individual development plan

UMass Lowell’s AMPP is funded by a UML internal Seed Award and Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award.