BGSci Peer Mentoring Network Sign-Up
Sign ups end: 16 Aug 2021
We (the Biogeosciences Early-Career Committee) invite early-career members to participate in the 2021 iteration of our peer-mentoring network.
Who's eligible? Anyone affiliated with the American Geophysical Union's Biogeosciences section who is within 10 years of their highest degree completion. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply. Based on feedback from last year's participants, we will run three parallel cohorts, for members who are:
- Students (those currently enrolled in a graduate/postgraduate degree)
- 0 – 3 years out from your highest degree (e.g., those navigating the end of their degree and transition into the job market / branching into new postdocs)
- 4 – 10 years post-degree (e.g., those building a research group, finding your feet as a mentor, taking on more managerial responsibilities)
What's the point? To support the professional development, and grow the professional network, of early-career members from all backgrounds and stages of their 'early career' journey.
What is 'peer mentoring'? There are unique hurdles encountered at each early career stage: peers from outside our established networks can provide a fresh perspective, as well as a more objective sounding board. This network will match you with one or two people at a similar career stage, with shared scientific interests and ambitions. We want this network to strengthen voices who might otherwise be underrepresented.
What will we actually do? First, participants will attend a 'meet and greet' session on 24 August 2021, where you will rotate through short one-on-one conversations. Your feedback from this session will be used by the organisers to create small 'mentor groups' of 2-4 people (we want everyone matched up with people they actually want to talk to, not just those who ticked similar boxes!). Third, the small groups will meet every month for a ~1 hr 'virtual coffee date'. We will provide some guiding topics to help you get the most out of your chats. Finally, all participants will be invited to meet each other in-person at a Biogeosciences section event at Fall Meeting.
What's the selection criteria? We can accept a maximum of 30 participants for each of the three networks. If needed we will select participants to maximise the diversity of people, science, and career stages represented. Participants must be willing to commit to participating in the kick-off event on 24 August, subsequent monthly meetings with their group.
How do I sign up? Current AGU-Biogeosciences early career and student members are invited to fill out the short questionnaire HERE. Sign up closes 16 August 2021 (PST)