Jerzy Leszczynski recognized early in his career that successful mentoring was integral to an effective research program. He led the expansion of the Computational Chemistry Department at Jackson State University through the creation of a Ph.D. program which included formal and informal mentoring programs. The new programming resulted in an increase of African American and female students trained in computational chemistry methods. The program has grown to enroll approximately 50 students, more than 50% of which are African American. Seven students have already defended their Ph.D. theses. Three Ph.D. students from Dr. Leszczynski’s group were selected to participate in the meetings of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany.