The objective of the C-MORE Professional Development Training Program (PDTP) is to equip C-MORE graduate students and post-docs with the skills and experiences needed to maximize their potential and succeed in their professional careers.  The Program serves C-MORE graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at all seven partner institutions. Others may attend training sessions on a space-available basis. This program is administered through the C-MORE Education Office and was developed in close collaboration with C-MORE graduate students, post-docs, and faculty.

This program has formal but flexible requirements. Most modules consist of a training component, followed by an action component. Participants receive certificates upon completion of individual modules -- please click on the modules names (to left and below) to learn how to complete the module and for additional resourcesAll participants will be expected to complete program evaluations.

The PDTP is organized by the Professional Development Organizing Committee (PDOC), which is composed of graduate students, post-docs, and the PDTP Manager.  The PDTP and PDOC are operated in consultation with faculty advisor Dr. Barbara Bruno, C-MORE Education Director.

As of December 2014, PDOC members included:

 J. Mueller

M. Rouco- Molina
Vice President

  C. Hayes

L. Baker
S. Bender
  J. Gauglitz  
S. Goldberg

M. Guannel

K. Remple  B. Bruno
C-MORE Education Director
    Click here to meet previous PDOC members

     PDTP Modules

    Module Name


This module consists of 2 parts:
  1. Attend a C-MORE outreach training;
  2. Take a leading role in 1 C-MORE outreach event OR a supporting role in 3 events. Planning must occur in partnership with the C-MORE Education Office.

Module completion may involve:
(a) Serve as a (junior) chief scientist on a C-MORE research cruise;
(b) Serve for one year on the Professional Development Organizing Committee (PDOC), during which you play a leadership role;
(c) Serve for one year as a review panelist or program coordinator for C-MORE EDventures;

or other opportunities by mutual agreement.

  Proposal Writing
This module consists of 2 parts:
  1. Take a C-MORE-approved proposal-writing workshop; 
  2. Subsequently submit a proposal.

  Science Communication
This module consists of 2 parts:
  1. Attend a C-MORE workshop in science communication;
  2. Subsequently write a press release or other form of communication based on your research, incorporating feedback from a professional.


This module consists of 4 parts:
  1. Complete the online Professional Development Training Program offered by the UH Center for Disability Studies;
  2. Interview a diversity professional and submit a summary;
  3. Participate in at least one C-MORE teleconference on diversity;
  4. Participate in an event or serve on a committee aimed at broadening participation.


This module consists of 3 parts:
  1. Complete online or in-person training;
  2. Practice teaching at any academic level of your choice;
  3. Submit a teaching statement, portfolio, or reflection.

This module consists of 4 parts:
  1. Read the mentoring booklet:  Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend;
  2. Attend a C-MORE mentoring workshop or have a discussion with a C-MORE Education Office representative;
  3. Mentor a student on a research project;
  4. Submit a written reflection on your experience as a mentor.
  Research Exchange
This module consists of 3 parts:
  1. Prior to the research exchange, submit a short outline of the proposed research to the education office;
  2. Conduct collaborative research at a C-MORE lab at an institution other than your own;
  3. Submit a brief report of your research results; include a photo.

Please contact the C-MORE Education Office ( with your comments and questions.