Career Mentoring


Scientists have many career options, but selecting the one that best suits you can be challenging. With decades of experience in academics, research, government, and industry, our mentors at GWM have a deep commitment to advancing the careers of others. This expertise at navigating the pathway to career success is a defining feature of GWM, allowing us to work knowledgeably and professionally with researchers to achieve their goals. GWM works with individual scientists to develop effective coordinated strategies that maximize their strengths and capitalize on diverse opportunities.  Grant Writing Mentors provides training in:

  • Careers in science and research.

  • Career planning leading to independence.

  • Mentoring the mentor – What makes a good mentor.

  • Career stage and funding opportunities.

Sample Seminars

  • Careers in Science – What are my options?

  • Physician Scientists – The Rewards and Challenges

  • Minority and Ethnic Groups in Science – Why it Matters

  • What Makes a Good Mentor: How to Help Others

  • Identifying the Right Funding Opportunity for Your Career Stage

  • Career Opportunities Following Post-Doctoral Training

  • Careers in Industry and Drug Discovery

Individual Help

In addition to group seminars, Grant Writing Mentors offers one-on-one career mentoring. These individual sessions are typically offered in conjunction with our seminars, although customized programs are available to meet the needs of an institution or single client.

GWM Specialist

Henry Khachaturian


Dr. Khachaturian has spent much of his professional life in the service of career development and mentoring.  Following his graduate studies, postdoctoral work, and a faculty position at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine, Dr. Khachaturian joined the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH where he held several positions including Director of Training.  Subsequently, he joined the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke (NIH) as Associate Director for Research Training and Career Development.  Beginning in 2005, Dr. Khachaturian served in number of policy capacities in the Office of the NIH Director including Training Program Policy Officer.  Dr. Khachaturian is regularly invited to speak at national conferences on career opportunities and writing competitive career  (K),  fellowship (F) and training (T32) applications.

Assisting in the area of Career Mentoring

David Armstrong, Ph.D.

Professor; Successful grantee (NIH, private foundations); Frequent review service for grants and journals; Published numerous peer review articles, book chapters, abstracts; Frequent invited lecturer related to peer review and navigating the NIH grant process. Learn More.

Ann Hardy, Dr.P.H.

Senior health science policy analyst; Captain, US Public Health Service (Retired); Extensive experience in federal clinical research, grants policy development and implementation, research ethics and human subjects compliance. Learn More.

Sherry Mills, M.D., MPH

Physician; Medical Epidemiologist; Served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH and Director, Office of Extramural Programs, NIH. Learn More.

David Everett, M.A.

Teacher; Journalist; Communicator; Writer; Editor; Directed graduate programs in creative writing and science writing (Johns Hopkins University); Contributing editor of A Field Guide for Science Writers from the Association of Science Writers. Learn More.