We are very excited to announce that we are accepting applications for SER’s annual Team Mentoring Program. We invite all SER members to participate.
After another successful year, we will again offer a team mentoring format. Each mentoring team will be composed 5-6 members at various career stages. Team mentoring offers the opportunity for each participant to mentor and to be mentored through sharing of experiences.
The program will run from October 2023 to June 2024, and teams will meet once per month via video chat. Each mentor team will have a Team Coordinator, responsible for organizing or delegating administrative tasks. Optional discussion topics and supporting materials will be distributed each month, but mentor teams are free to decide on the topic that fits best for their group. It will be the responsibility of the entire team to decide on the topics and determine individual session facilitators.
The sign-up period for the 2023-2024 mentoring program will be August 11-25th, 2023. In order for us to manage a successful program, the program will be limited to approximately 120 SER members. Selection to participate will be random, stratified by career stage.
Mentor teams should meet via Zoom, Teams, or Webex for one hour each month between October 2023 and June 2024. Topic suggestions and resources for discussion will be provided, but mentor teams may discuss other relevant topics of their choice.
Yes. The “mentor team” structure allows for an individual to participate as both a mentor and a mentee. Ideally the team structure provides for maximal group interaction. It will be the responsibility of the entire team to decide on the topics and determine individual session facilitators. It is NOT the coordinator’s job to be the primary (or only) mentor, or to facilitate every session.
Mentor teams will be formed to include folks of different career stages. Some groups will be formed based on shared affinity group interests. Although time preferences may be considered, they cannot be guaranteed.
You can identify up to two possible affinity groups in the application form (e.g., navigating career as a person of color, navigating career as a woman, navigating career as a person who identifies as LGBTQIA+, jobs outside academia, international jobs/research, balancing caregiving and career). You can also choose to be in a group that does not have a specific affinity designation. If you are in a group with a specific affinity designation, your group may choose to spend one or more mentoring sessions discussing that affinity. Alternatively, your group may choose to discuss mentoring topics through the lens of the affinity group.
It’s up to your group! Each group experience is tailored by the group members. We will provide optional resources on topics such as establishing relationships, setting expectations, job searches, mental health, time management, and science communication. We are in the process of developing additional modules. If there is a topic you want us to develop a module for, reach out to the SER Mentoring Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mentoring teams will be expected to meet for 1 hour each month for approximately nine months (between October 2023 and June 2024). In total, expect to commit about 8-10 hours total. If you cannot make the commitment to fully contribute to the success of your group, please do not submit an application.
Yes! The SER Mentoring Committee will host three interactive one-hour virtual mentoring events throughout the year. You can come to as many of these events as you have time for, even if you are not part of the Team Mentoring Program. We will also have webinars and other mentoring events throughout the year (tentatively scheduled for 12-1 pm ET on 10/25, 1/24, and 3/27).