NTTR SIG MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Interested in participating in the mentorship program?

 

***next cycle will run between September 2022 and August 2023***

Sign-up window will close on July 31st 2022!

 

(this program is open to SIG members and affiliates - join the NTTR SIG here)

Description of the mentorship program:

The NTTR SIG Mentorship Program aims to connect members at various stages in their careers with members with similar interests who are at more advanced stages of their careers. This program offers mentees the opportunity to network and receive guidance according to their current career development needs. This may include support with applications for graduate school, grants/fellowships, internship, postdoc and beyond, as well as collaborative idea generation, analysis support, and writing mentorship. Mentees are encouraged to also become mentors. This is a great opportunity to build mentorship experience and to support a fellow NTTR SIG member.

Some history:

We conducted a pilot of the mentorship program pilot and it was a success! It ran between May and November 2021 and 32 SIG members participated. Based on our mid-and endpoint surveys, 85% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied, and no one was dissatisfied, with their overall experience in the program (survey response rates were 72% and 41% for mid-and endpoint surveys respectively). We are grateful for the thoughtful feedback on the program we received from pilot participants!

 

What's next?
Based on the feedback we received, the next round will be a full-year cycle that spans the typical academic year. It will run from September 2022 through August 2023 and signup will begin in the Spring. Given the interest in impromptu professional development or consultation meetings outside of the formal mentorship program, a list of mentors who made themselves available for this purpose will be posted on the NTTR website in the Spring and will be accessible in the members-only section of the website. With questions and suggestions regarding the mentorship program, email Maria Kryza-Lacombe at mkryzalacombe@gmail.com.

Additional details about the mentorship program:

  • Any NTTR SIG member or affiliate is welcome to participate.

  • If interested, complete the sign-up form linked at the top of this page (in this form you can request a mentor, indicate your interest in providing mentorship, or both). 

  • In late August 2022 you will receive an email that states your mentor/mentee match. 

  • Once you know who you matched with, we encourage you to connect with them via email to set up an initial meeting. We will try to facilitate the best match possible based on interests, needs, availability, but encourage you to speak with them about expectations at your initial meeting.

Potential benefits for mentees:

  • opportunity to network

  • receive guidance according to current career development needs

  • support with applications for graduate school, grants/fellowships, internship, postdoc and beyond

  • collaborative idea generation

  • analysis support

  • writing mentorship

Potential benefits for mentors (all mentees are encouraged to also become mentors):

  • build mentorship experience

  • support the professional development of a fellow NTTR SIG member

  • support BIPOC trainees and trainees from additional marginalized identities or non-traditional educational backgrounds who may have difficulty accessing research training opportunities and continuing on in the field

  • receive support on papers that need to be written if you do not have enough staff/time to write them

  • collaborate with individuals in other labs and join a community of translational clinical neuroscience labs both within and outside of ABCT

****Do you need support only temporarily and would rather not commit to a year-long mentorship program?****

  • Some SIG members have made themselves available for professional development meetings outside of the formal mentorship program.

  • You can access a list of these mentors, their expertise, and contact info here (must be a member/affiliate and logged in to access this page).

  • If you think that someone on this list could be a good match for your current professional development needs, feel free to email them directly to check in about their current availability.

**Many thanks to the DIS SIG at ABCT who provided inspiration for this program**