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.

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


President
Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience | funfaculty.org


krillig@stthomas.edu
(651) 962-5273


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