2018 CPSR Mentorship Program – Increasing engagement by involving all NTA members!
For 2018, the CPSR NTA Mentorship program will focus on increasing engagement, and to help facilitate, we are taking a more involved approach. Starting in January 2018, the NTA Executive is going to assign each NTA member to be part of a mentor-mentee relationship. Our plan is to match CPSR scientists with PDFs, PDFs with PhD students, and PhD students with MSc students. Thus for those trainees who are a PDF or PhD, you may be paired up as both a mentee and mentor. To help give an idea of expectations please click on the link for mentor and mentee guidelines. The NTA Executive will review all pairings and try to best match according to area of interest, geography, etc. However, we are also very interested in hearing back from you prior to the pairing process. If you have a specific request or person you would like to be paired with, please let us know by December 11, 2017 – send your requests to email@example.com.
Note: While we strongly urge all NTA members to be involved in the NTA mentorship program, we do understand there may be extenuating circumstances that may make it difficult to be involved – if you are unable to be a mentor or mentee in 2018, please send us an email by December 11 and we will remove your name from the list of pairings.
What are the expected benefits of being in the CPSR NTA Mentorship Program?
Overall, to help you in your career path. Benefits of mentorship highlighted by past members included the opportunity to network and receive guidance on research projects, publications, career trajectories, and future directions. The goal of the mentorship program is to encourage junior trainees (i.e., mentees) to communicate and interact with more senior trainees or scientists (i.e., mentors) to seek guidance and advice. To broaden the mentee’s network, the mentor could be from a different institution and the informal pairing provides junior trainees with access to a senior mentor’s experience and expertise. It also allows junior trainees the opportunity to network outside of their current training environment, and even in a different discipline, especially if someone was considering a change.
Quotes from past NTA members who engaged in the NTA mentorship program, highlighting the value of participating:
“I like the fact that the program is un-structured so each mentor-mentee pair can find an approach which suits their needs.”
“…a really valuable part of this process is getting to work with someone from a different field and location as it is broadening I think both our perspectives regarding stroke research and rehabilitation in Canada.”
Other trainees commented on the rewarding value of networking and guidance on research projects, publications, future directions etc., and on being able to share a new, fresh view of the future with another trainee.
If you have any specific questions please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org