Pathfinders is a mentoring opportunity for first-time attendees to the ASIP Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology. This program was created to offer guidance and build camaraderie between ASIP trainees and regular members and offer guidance to trainees who attend the meeting without their institutional advisor. By leveraging the guidance and expertise of current ASIP members, this program will allow trainees to be introduced to the Society on a more personal level, and to maximize their conference experience.
Trainees are matched with a mentor (an ASIP member who is actively engaged with the organization), based on their interests and/or availability. In return, program participants will be asked to participate in the graduate trainee welcome reception and have official pictures taken, which will be included in the trainee newsletter.
If you are interested in participating in this program because you will be a first-time attendee at the ASIP Annual Meeting, please take a moment to contact us. The results will help us make a suitable match to ensure your optimal guidance and participation. More in-depth information will be sent once pairing has been completed with your mentor.
What can you expect from your mentor?
- You will be notified about the mentor pairing and will be given your mentor's contact information
- You will have a certain time frame to contact your mentor before the annual meeting
- You and your mentor can decide how frequent or in what way (via phone or e-mail, etc.) communication will occur before the annual meeting; at least one e-mail communication prior to the meeting is required
- You and your mentor can plan at least once face to face at the meeting
- You will also be asked to complete a write-up of your experience to be published after the annual meeting
PathFinders is a mentoring program to provide trainees (especially those who have not attended Experimental Biology before) with a mentor during the meeting. The program is designed to match trainees with volunteer senior members of ASIP based on common interests.
Testimonial from PathFinders participant:
Bryan A. Wilson
- PhD/MBA Graduate Student
- Molecular Medicine and Translational Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine
- Wake Forest Schools of Business
My experience participating in the ASIP PathFinders program at the ASIP 2014 Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology was unforgettable. I was matched with Dr. Nancy Louis, an Assistant Professor of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine. Prior to the conference, she and I exchanged emails. It was already evident from our written correspondence that she would be a great PathFinders mentor. Upon our "officially" meeting each other, we instantly connected and had a very in-depth conversation about my career goals and plans once I finish my graduate degrees. She offered very valuable advice and gave me insight into various strategies to navigate my remaining years in graduate school. Dr. Louis was also very supportive of me at the awards ceremony and congratulated me several times on winning the ASIP Executive Award for Media Outreach. Her encouragement of my science media interests has reinforced my passion to pursue them even more diligently. Following the awards ceremony, Dr. Louis personally escorted me and introduced me to several faculty members and ASIP leaders. Being a relatively new member to the Society, this was very encouraging and reassuring for me. Her dedication and enthusiasm towards this program was evident and is highly laudable. I feel very privileged to have taken part in such a great program and I look forward to all the great things to come out of it in the future.