Palo Alto AWIS Mentorship Program
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Who are we?
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Mentoring Program consists of a group of women graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and professional scientists/engineers working in industrial and academic settings. The program is sponsored and staffed by volunteers from the Palo Alto chapter of AWIS and has been actively working with graduate women at Stanford since 1991.
It is an excellent opportunity to interact and network with a diverse group of women in science in a supportive and informal setting. Plus, it is an excellent opportunity to receive one-on-one mentoring and to expand your professional network.
How does it work?
The program meets four to five times during the academic year on Stanford campus from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Meetings include dinner, a short talk or panel and group discussion. Topics may include work-life balance, choosing between a career in academia or industry, job search strategies, professional development (e.g., leadership, networking, working effectively in a team), etc.. In addition, the Mentoring Committee pairs each participating student/post-doc with a woman scientist/engineer. Post-docs are paired with a mentor and can also act as mentors to graduate students. The mentor and protégée arrange times to meet one-on-one. The time commitment is flexible, negotiable, and by mutual agreement.
How to Join?
If you are interested in working with a mentor or acting as a mentor, please fill out a profile form on the AWIS mentoring website (http://sites.google.com/site/paawismentoring/home). Post-docs should fill out both a mentor and a protégée form. We are always accepting new mentors to the program; you will be paired on an annual basis in late October or early November. Proteges should fill out a protege form at the start of the academic year, prior to the application deadline, which will be announced on the website and via email sent to existing proteges and mentors each year. The deadline for the 2010-2011 calendar year was October 16th.
The AWIS Mentoring Committee encourages and welcomes all members and individuals interested in promoting the roles of women in science. Friends and colleagues are welcome. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at mentoring.awis@gmail [dot] com. We look forward to meeting you!