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Guest Article: Genetics Society of America Seeking Mentors for CA PhDs
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As part of a continued effort to build a supportive and inclusive scientific community, the Genetics Society of America (GSA) Diversity Subcommittee is piloting a professional-development-oriented mentorship program for PhD candidates with diverse life experiences. The mentoring workshop will take place on March 12, 2019 at the Fungal Genetics Conference in Asilomar (Pacific Grove, CA). GSA is looking for mentors to support early career scientists and identify up-and-coming talent. Members of the California Life Sciences Association are invited to serve as mentors and role models in the program

GSA is a professional scientific society that represents researchers and educators in genetics across the United States and around the world. GSA’s mission includes fostering interactions among members of the genetics community and supporting the next generation of scientists.

Mentorship plays a key role in professional development – especially for the incredibly diverse group of budding scientists we see today. The need for quality mentorship is growing as more individuals seek opportunity through higher education and advanced training. While a PhD provides training that can lead to diverse careers, graduate students are typically mentored for academic careers. Given the diverse career outcomes following a PhD, it is becoming increasingly clear that a more holistic mentorship approach that includes career guidance and work-life balance be employed.

Our goal is for mentors to engage with their mentee during the initial workshop and continue to build this relationship during their mentees’ training. Through the act of mentoring, you have the opportunity to give back to the scientific community and become part of a network of support for young scientists who are striving to build a career through their PhD training.

As a mentor, you will have a number of opportunities to meet and interact with your prospective mentee, including a “Meet and Greet” event, a workshop, and other fun activities in the area. For more information, please contact GSA Diversity Subcommittee Co-Chair Lucy Xie at lucyxie@stanford.edu.