New Mentorship Program at Vasculata 2019
This is a new component for Vasculata. We hope to enrich the experience and continue attendees' education and growth in the vascular biology community.
For the past few months, the NAVBO Membership Committee has been considering the best approach for setting up a mentoring program within NAVBO. We find many move onto other fields after their graduate studies or postdoctoral training and believe this type of program may inspire them to remain in vascular biology. In collaboration with Dr. Ramani Ramchandran, a key organizer of this year’s Vasculata and his organizing committee members, we have developed a program that will be exclusively for those attending Vasculata.
We are seeking volunteers to mentor the Vasculata attendees. These attendees range from undergraduate students to postdoctoral fellows, with the highest percentage being graduate students. This would be an online mentoring program, mentors would not need to attend Vasculata.
The goal of this program is two-fold:
- To retain junior (undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellows) in the field of vascular biology by keeping them engaged.
- To continue the educational process initiated with their attendance at Vasculata
How will the mentoring program work?
We will collect information from mentors via an online form. That information will be transferred to the Vasculata mobile event app. Mentors will be given access to the app and must upload it to a mobile device in order to get notifications of potential mentees.
Potential mentees will see a listing of mentors and be able to view the provided information (bio, research interests, etc.). Within the meeting’s mobile app, mentees will be able to reach out to mentors. Attendees will request a connection with a mentor – once a mentor agrees to connect, they will have access to each other's email address. After that, mentors and mentees can decide together how they will communicate.
If you are willing to participate as a mentor, please follow this link and submit the following information:
- Your photo* (you will be able to upload files)
- A description of your research and scientific interests (include model system, disease, area of focus – see sample)
- Keywords – up to five that relate directly to your scientific expertise
- URL to your lab or department
- Twitter, LinkedIn other social media accounts* (so that your mentee can begin to follow you)
- The level you would prefer to mentor (undergraduate, graduate student, clinical fellows, postdoc, etc.)
Mentors will be recognized and thanked at Vasculata.
You must attend Vasculata 2019 at the Medical College of Wisconsin this July 15-18. Once registered you will receive access to the meeting's mobile app. Mentors will be listed in the app and you will be able to reach out to them through the app. Once a "connection" is made, you and your mentor can agree upon any means of communication.
As this is a new program, we will request feedback from both mentors and mentees. We will send you a brief questionnaire at the following intervals: six months after the start, one year after the start, once a year for five years after the start. This information will be invaluable to us and our junior colleagues in the vascular biology community. Based on your feedback we will be able to enhance and/or improve the program accordingly. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this regard.