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Palo Alto Chapter AWIS Mentoring Program - Seeking Mentors

Women in Science Mentoring Program

The Palo Alto Chapter of the Association for Women in Science cordially invites all female graduate students and post-docs in science and engineering to participate in the Association for Women in Science Mentoring Program, which consists of:
- Five meetings during the academic year with dinner and a talk or panel discussion on work-life balance, interviewing skills, academia versus industry, communication skills, etc.
- Grad students and post-docs are paired with a more senior scientist/engineer to provide one-on-one mentoring. Our mentors have a wide range of professional experience: they can be senior graduate students, postdocs, or working in a wide variety of private or government institutions. Post-docs are paired both as a protégé with a professional and as a mentor with a graduate student.
- For more information, email or explore our website:
- The first meeting will be on October 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Hartley Conference Room in the Mitchell Building at Stanford. Please RSVP by going to: no later than October 5, 2013.
To sign up if you are a Stanford grad student or post-doc, visit by October 15.
To sign up as a mentor if you are a Stanford faculty/staff member or a working professional, visit by October 15.


Who are we?

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Mentoring Program consists of a group of women graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and professional scientists/engineers working in industrial and academic settings. The program is sponsored and staffed by volunteers from the Palo Alto chapter of AWIS and has been actively working with graduate women at Stanford since 1991.

Why join? It is an excellent opportunity to interact and network with a diverse group of women in science in a supportive and informal setting. Plus, it is an excellent opportunity to receive one-on-one mentoring, gain mentoring experience, and to expand your professional network. Members share personal experiences in their careers and thus provide a unique perspective about different opportunities in academic and non-academic science.
How does it work? The program meets four to five times during the academic year on Stanford campus from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Meetings include dinner, a short talk or panel and group discussion. Topics may include work-life balance, choosing between a career in academia or industry, job search strategies, professional development (e.g., leadership, networking, working effectively in a team), etc. In addition, the Mentoring Committee pairs each participating student/post-doc with a woman scientist/engineer. Post-docs are paired with a mentor and can also act as mentors to graduate students. The mentor and protégée arrange times to meet one-on-one. The time commitment is flexible, negotiable, and by mutual agreement.
How to join? If you would like to learn more about the program, please come to our first meeting, detailed below. Whether you are new or have participated in the program in the past, we encourage you to join in again this year. If you are interested in working with a mentor or acting as a mentor for this academic year, please fill out a profile form Stanford post-docs, who will be both mentors and protégées, should fill out the protégée form including its section on mentoring. Mentors and protégées will be paired in early November. If you are interested in the program but cannot attend the October meeting, please fill out a profile to be paired by committee.

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Location: Stanford University, Mitchell Bldg, First Floor, Hartley Conference Room
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m. (dinner and introductory program)
Topic: Panel discussion with some of past year’s mentor-protégé pairs

RSVP: by Friday, October 5, 2013

The AWIS Mentoring Committee encourages and welcomes all members and individuals interested in promoting the roles of women in science. Friends and colleagues are welcome. If you have any questions, please feel free to email We look forward to meeting you!

The Mentoring Committee

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