Connecting under-represented individuals in STEM to foster professional development and further discovery
Women in Science, Engineering and Research (WiSER) is excited to announce the launch of its 2021-2022 Mentorship Program, in collaboration with University of Alberta Women in Science and Engineering (UA-WiSE). Since its inception in 2015, the UA-WiSE/WiSER Mentorship Program has connected over 400 students with professionals from academia, government, and industry. The 2021-2022 program will run from October 2021 to April 2022.
“This is the second year in a row that the program is operated virtually,” says Gwyneth Liske, Mentorship Program Co-Lead from WiSER. “With the success of the virtual program last year, we are delighted to continue the format to reach participants across different provinces from Western Canada.”
Unlike traditional mentorship programs that pair one mentee with one mentor, the UA-WISE/WiSER Mentorship Program is structured in trios consisting of an undergraduate student, a graduate student or early-career professional, and an experienced professional. Under this structure, the graduate student/early-career professional can gain mentoring experience through guiding the undergraduate student while being mentored by the experienced professional.
“I was a mentee in the Mentorship Program last year,” says Anahita Sourate, Mentorship Program Co-Chair from UA-WISE. “As part of the organizing committee this year, I am excited to bring new ideas and incorporate feedback we received from past participants. We hope we can help connect another group of cohorts and facilitate their professional development through our program.”
Applications for mentors with over five years of experience in STEM fields are now open. To learn more about the application details and timeline, visit https://bit.ly/wisermentorship.
Founded in 2008, Women in Science, Engineering and Research (WiSER) is a not-for-profit group supporting the advancement and retention of women and under-represented individuals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through its dynamic and inclusive programs, WiSER has partnered with 50+ partners and hosted 100+ events including professional development workshops, career-related seminars, networking opportunities, and industry tours, which directly impacted 2000+ community members interested in or working in STEM. WiSER is a network supported by Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology (WISEST) at the University of Alberta, and is headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. Visit https://wiseredmonton.ca for more information.