Between 2019 and 2021, the BNLF chapter developed a Mentorship Program aimed at providing scientific and career guidance to the Chapter’s early career scientists, to help them choose their career path, develop their potential and increase their job opportunities. Since 2022, the Mentorship Program has become global and is now run by the CRS Young Scientist Committee (YSC)
This 6-month program will rely on informal and casual coaching & counseling relationship between established scientists from academia or industry (mentors) and early career scientists (mentees) to provide life-long mentoring support to young scientists working on Drug Delivery. Mentoring can concern - but is not limited to - general advice on career advancement, advice on fellowships or grant applications, managing work-life balance and how to make the transition from academia to industry.
Mentors use their personal knowledge, professional experience and network to provide the best possible advice, feedback and support to the mentees. You can find more information about the mentors currently involved in the program here.
Mentees are open-minded and engaged in this mentorship relation, to accelerate their personal development and boost their professional career but also to bring new perspectives to their mentors.
The 2022 CRS YSC-Mentoring Program is open for participants to sign up until 20th December 2021!
Early career scientists from the BNLF Chapter are welcome to join this program: you will either be matched to mentors worldwide (if you are a CRS member) or to local mentors (if you are a BNLF member only).
To apply as a Mentee, Mentor or Both complete this Mentoring Program survey.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact our local chapter representative Chiara Bastiancich (chiara.BASTIANCICH@univ-amu.fr) or the YSC members Tushar Kumeria (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Juan Aparicio Blanco (email@example.com)
The provisional Mentoring Program timeline is:
- At the beginning of the program, we ask mentees to design a set of three career/personal development goals using the SMART framework. This will be used with your Mentor throughout the program to improve/achieve these goals. Using a program such as myIDP can assist participants in creating goals and keeping them accountable.
- We ask you to set your first meeting with your Mentor to share and discuss your goals. This meeting should be personalized between you and your Mentor to plan out how you are going to work on these goals and how your relationship will function.
- From then on, it is up to the mentee and mentors to control their relationship. The YSC is here to help out and buffer any situation. We are always here to help, but the program’s aim is for you to take the lead!
- At three-monthly intervals, the YSC will check in with the Mentor and Mentee (via a survey) to see if there are any problems and try to navigate this as a pilot program.
- Survey topics: a) Identifying relationship and SMART goals; b) Problems arising and strategies to cope; c) Exit survey, dislikes and likes.
- At the end of the program, we invite mentors and mentees to summarize what they achieved in this program and areas of improvement in a (virtual) face to face event.