[FUN_Mail] FUN Mentoring Network

Elaine Reynolds reynolde at lafayette.edu
Sat Aug 7 13:58:51 UTC 2021

I am concerned about the requirement to attend the Chicago meeting in
person given the current crisis with the pandemic and the Delta variant. By
doing this I feel you are excluding people who might not be able to attend
the in person conference for various reasons. Besides health concerns, I
think you will restrict mentorship from populations that cannot attend the
conference because their school doesn't support travel. Many
adjuncts/visitors etc are not offered that opportunity. So I would ask that
you reconsider this requirement. I am personally waiting to make this
decision at the last minute because of my own concerns about health, even
though I have submitted a poster. I expect others may feel the same way.


On Sat, Aug 7, 2021 at 9:00 AM Illig, Kurt R. <illi8559 at stthomas.edu> wrote:

> Dear FUN members-
> We are pleased to announce the launch of the *FUN Mentoring Network*.
> This is a program to support faculty who engage undergraduates in
> neuroscience classrooms and laboratories at all levels, in a diversity of
> careers and institutions. We encourage applications from all FUN members,
> including those from all institutional and ethnic backgrounds. *Members
> holding tenured, tenure-track, non-tenure-track, part-time, adjunct,
> non-academic, and other positions are invited to apply to become mentors
> and mentees. Click this link to apply by August 14, 2021
> <https://stthomas.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3yJQuPlTk8sUo0S>.*
> Modeled after other successful mentoring networks, the program uses a
> coaching model to help participants develop skills for a variety of careers
> within and outside academia. Mentors will be trained to help mentees
> develop skills to succeed in their careers and in their personal lives, and
> host discussions about experiences and pressures, including those faced by
> groups underrepresented in the sciences. Mentees will benefit from the
> guidance and shared experience of their mentors and peers within the
> mentoring network.
> The 2021 FUN Mentoring Program is a year-long program, which will include
> an in-person, one-day training session in Chicago, on Nov. 12th, 2021 (one
> day before the in-person SfN meeting). In appreciation of their time and
> effort, mentors will be offered up to $200 to cover an additional night of
> lodging. After the orientation session, faculty will become part of a small
> coaching group with an assigned mentor. Mentors are expected to meet
> monthly to discuss a topic such as networking, communicating science,
> self-promotion, skills for job searches, wellness and resilience, and other
> topics frequently identified as important to professional growth. Group
> meetings will include opportunities to talk about any questions, issues, or
> concerns that faculty are experiencing in their own professional path.
> Best,
> -KI
> *Kurt R. Illig, PhD*
> Professor of Biology and Neuroscience
> *University of St. Thomas* | stthomas.edu <https://www.stthomas.edu/>
> President
> *Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscienc**e* | funfaculty.org
> <https://www.funfaculty.org>
> krillig at stthomas.edu
> (651) 962-5273
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Elaine R. Reynolds


Professor of Biology and Neuroscience

Chair of Aging Studies

Lafayette College

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