Mentorship Program

The UA-WiSE/WISER Mentorship Program aims to connect women and under-represented individuals in STEM fields with mentors who can help foster professional development and personal discovery. The 2021/2022 Mentorship Program remains virtual.



Eligibility

We welcome all participants: undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, young professionals and experienced professionals in STEM fields or with an interest in STEM fields.


Program Structure

The structure of the mentors-mentees will be trios consisting of one undergraduate student, one graduate student or early-career professional, and one experienced professional. This structure allows the graduate student or early-career professional to gain experience mentoring an undergraduate student under the supervision of an experienced mentor. Trio matching will be done by WiSER and UA-WiSE based on each mentor’s and mentee’s future goals and areas of expertise. The matching criteria focus on developing different professional skills such as professional conduct, negotiation skills, work-life balance, and more.


Program Duration

The program starts in September 2021 and continues until March 2022. There are be three mandatory virtual events throughout the year:

  • October 28, 2021 5:30-7 PM MT: Launch event where the trios are introduced to one another
  • January 13, 2022, 5:30-7 PM MT: Professional development event, topic TBA
  • March 31, 2022, 5:30-7 PM MT: Professional development closing event, topic TBA

The in-person component of the program is optional and up to the program participants’ comfort level, as well as Canada’s public health guidelines.


Time Commitment

Each mentorship trio will meet every two months and each meeting for at least 2 hours, i.e. meet at least 6 hours throughout the program duration. Trios have the option to meet online or in-person following Canada’s public health guidelines. 

In addition, each trio is required to attend the 3 mandatory virtual events (each 2 hours long). In total, the trio will meet for at least 12 hours. Electronic certificates will be emailed to mentors and mentees who fulfilled the required hours.


Important Dates
  • June 15: Application opens for mentors with ≥5 years of experience from academia, industry and government across North America
  • August 15: Application closes for mentors with ≥5 years of experience
  • September 1: Application opens for early-career professionals with <5 years of experience and undergraduate students
  • September 26: Application closes for early-career professionals with <5 years of experience and undergraduate students

How to Apply

Applications for Undergraduate Mentees and Graduate/Early Career Professionals are now open! Apply here.


Program Benefits for Mentors:
  • Networking with other mentors at the three program events 
  • Assisting the next generation of experts and leaders in your field
  • Extending your network with early-career professionals across North America
  • Improving your communication and leadership skills
  • Giving back to the STEM community
  • Mentorship hours may count towards Professional Developments Credit (PDC) for APEGA and APCA members (Up to 20 PDC), and Graduate Student Professional Development Hours.*

*Please confirm with the professional development hour policy with your organization as WiSER does not hold authority for PD credits. 


Program Benefits for Mentees:

For undergraduate students

  • Establishing a career plan from experts in the field
  • Getting involved in extracurricular activities
  • Making connections with role models and peers with similar career paths
  • Learning effective time management and communications
  • Finding out tips to better prepare for both university courses and jobs
  • Developing skills for professional networking and communication

For graduate students and early-career professionals

  • Making connections with potential employers
  • Exploring development opportunities within your interest area 
  • Acquiring skills necessary for the workplace and for job interviews
  • Refining communication and leadership skills
  • Developing career plans and goals
Questions

If you have any questions regarding the UA-WiSE/WiSER Mentorship Program, please contact uawise.wiser@gmail.com.

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