Mentorship Program

Purpose: to provide highly motivated students, post-doctoral fellows, and new researchers in the field of exposure science with one-on-one email-based mentoring relationships with established researchers from industry, government and academia. 

*New for 2016: mentorship program will be expanded to include scientists/professionals new to the field of exposure science!*  The ISES mentor program is designed to provide those in the exposure science field with email-based mentoring. To become a mentor or to find one check out our video

How it works

The Student and New Researchers Committee maintains a database of mentors which is available to current members. Mentors provide a profile with a description of their educational and professional backgrounds including exposure science expertise, years of experience and preferences for discussing common mentoring topics such as graduate school decisions, dissertation process, job search, writing grants and papers, and work/family balance. Each mentor will have a maximum of 2 mentees per year through the program.

Mentees select their mentor from the available mentor profiles. The mentorship committee confirms with the selected mentor and provides contact information to both the mentor and mentees. 

Once a mentor and mentee have been matched they will decide together about timing and frequency of contact. Expect to exchange approximately one email a week or as needed. Emailed discussion suggestions will be sent out once a month to all mentors and mentees to keep the line of communication open and provide ideas of relevant topics. At the annual meeting an event is held to give mentors and mentees time to speak in person. 

Once a year, mentors and mentees are asked to confirm their continued participation in the mentoring program. We also request all participants complete a survey to provide feedback concerning the mentoring/mentee experience. Both these can be accomplished by signing into your membership account, selecting My Home from the top navigation and then selecting Mentorship Program & Information from the drop down. For more information on the mentorship program contact us at isesmentorship@gmail.com.

Guidelines

This relationship is not expected to replace existing relationships that exist within universities or other workplace settings for a student, post doc or junior faculty with a thesis advisor/more senior faculty but rather to supplement that with someone with specific interests in exposure science that match those of the mentee.

  • The mentor and mentee should establish ground rules about timing and frequency of contact and areas of discussion.
  • Mentor match primarily will focus on career path planning and career-related advice; however, discussions are not limited to these topics.
  • Confidentially is important and will be protected in this on-line system, and it is anticipated that the information shared by the mentee and mentor should be kept confidential. ISES is not responsible for any breaks in confidentiality.
  • Advice given by the mentor does not necessarily reflect the views of the ISES.
  • Either the mentor or mentee may terminate the relationship at any time by notifying the other.
  • The mentor and mentee can remove his or her name from the potential mentor or mentee pool at any time.

Mentor

Be flexible, take the initiative, and be responsive. Remember what it was like when you were in our mentee’s position. Take initiative to suggest discussion topics, share personal experiences, pose questions, and engage in small talk until a relevant topic for discussion emerges. Be responsive to your mentee’s questions and comments. If you do not have the time to offer a full response shortly after you receive an email message, send a short message letting her/him know you will be in contact when you have the opportunity.

Mentee

Be teachable, take initiative, and honor your commitment. Be willing to learn new things, obtain another perspective and be responsive to suggestions and constructive criticism. Take the initiative to ask your mentor a question to let him or her know what you are working on, and to ask about his or her academic and professional experiences. In addition, sustain the mentoring relationship by engaging in small talk until a relevant topic for discussion emerges. Please be appreciative of your mentor’s time and investment; mentors usually have very demanding jobs and are participating because they are committed to mentoring other exposure scientists. Respond in a timely manner to your mentor’s questions and comments. If you don’t have the time to respond at the time, send a short message letting him or her know you will be in contact when you have the opportunity.



Mentor Criteria

  • Well-established professional background in exposure science including work experience
  • Willingness to mentor an undergraduate, graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, new researcher, or scientist/professional who is new to exposure science.
  • Willingness to exchange email messages regularly with a mentee
  • Regular access to email
  • Note: post-doctoral fellows and other new researchers can mentor students

Mentee Criteria

  • Student, postdoctoral fellow, new researcher, or scientist/professional who is new to exposure science
  • Interested in developing a career in exposure science
  • Willing to exchange email messages regularly with mentor
  • Regular access to email