Workshop Facilitators

October 24-25, 2019 Workshop

Christine Pfund

Christine Pfund, PhD, is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). Dr. Pfund earned her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more than a decade, she has focused on developing, implementing, documenting, and studying research mentor training interventions across science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM). Dr. Pfund co-authored the original Entering Mentoring and Entering Research curricula and has co-authored a number of papers documenting the effectiveness of these approaches. Currently, she is co-leading two studies focused on the impact of training on both mentors and mentees and understanding specific factors in mentoring relationships that account for positive student outcomes. Dr. Pfund is the principal investigators of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Coordination Center, previously directing both NRMN’s Mentor Training and Administrative Cores. She is also director of the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experience in Research at UW-Madison (CIMER). As an NRMN Master Facilitator, Dr. Pfund facilitates mentor training, mentee training, culturally aware mentor training, and facilitator training workshops. She has also led dozens of presentations on the science of mentorship and associated work. Dr. Pfund is currently serving on a National Academies Consensus Study Committee focused on “The Science of Effective Mentoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine, and Mathematics (STEMM).”

Anna Marie Sokac

Dr. Sokac received her BS in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University, her PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she was a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Eric Wieschaus’ Lab at Princeton University. She started her independent career at Baylor College of Medicine, where she became an Associate Professor before moving her lab to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign this summer. While at Baylor, Dr. Sokac was awarded the 8-Stranded Beta-Barrell Jelly Roll Award for teaching three times, and received the Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award for her leadership in initiating and directing an institution-wide mentor training program. Dr. Sokac also serves as both a Master Facilitator and Master Consultant for mentor and mentee training in the NIH’s National Research Mentoring Network. Since graduate school Dr. Sokac’s research has focused on the roles and regulation of the actin cytoskeleton in developing embryos. She is currently a SCIALOG Fellow of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.