Mentorship

Regional/Austin Area Mentorship Resources:

- Austin Diversity and Inclusion Project: The mission of the Austin Diversity & Inclusion Project is to provide leaders and emerging leaders with resources to promote diversity and champion a culture of inclusion within their own organizations and Austin at large.

-Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Austin Chapter:  AWIS Austin is a local affiliate of the national AWIS organization. AWIS provides support and training for women in the STEM fields. We provide continuing education, mentor programs, seminars, and connections with national leaders in the STEM fields and U.S. policymaking.

-Association for Women in Science (AWIS) UT chapter:  AWIS at UT is committed to locally supporting and advocating for the full engagement of women in the sciences.  We strive to connect members with local women in STEM careers, be those in academia or industry, with a focus on career development and community building.

National/Global Mentorship Resources:

- Spark Society: An organization for supporting junior researchers of minority backgrounds in the cognitive sciences. They have an annual meeting at Psychonomics, keep an updated list of research/funding opportunities, and offer a mentoring program where you can get paired with a volunteer mentor (usually someone in the know about the types of issues diverse candidates sometimes face). 

- Neuroscience Roadmap Scholars Program: This program serves students from racial/ethnic groups and students with disabilities, with the goal of enhancing the graduate experience in biomedical and Neuroscience fields through engagement, mentorship, and networking.  The program hosts the NEURAL conference each year.

- Black Doctoral Network (BDN): BDN is clearinghouse for individuals of African descent who are holders of or scholars engaged in the pursuit of doctoral degrees from accredited institutions of higher learning worldwide. They provide opportunities for networking and collaboration and foster interconnectedness within the black intelligentsia for the purpose of eliminating the achievement gap among persons at all education levels while creating a pipeline for the most underserved students toward the upper echelons of the academy and beyond.

** - The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS):  ABRCMS is one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students attend this conference to present their research, enhance professional development skills, explore graduate schools, and network. Research faculty and program directors play an essential role in mentoring students and learning strategies for facilitating student success.

** - Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS): SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.  SACNAS hosts Regional Meetings create local opportunities for educational and career advancement, and a link to the meaningful connection of our national network.

** Oftentimes department chairs and faculty will attend these to recruit diverse candidates for their graduate programs or fellowships, so it's a good way to find opportunities and get on people's radar if you're thinking of going to graduate school or applying for funding.