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2018 ESA New Orleans Conference Mentors Needed

Below is a request from ESA HQ for volunteers to mentor students and early career professionals at ESA in New Orleans. Please let Beverly Collins know if you are interested. Names of interested volunteers will be sent to ESA HQ July 2.


The Ecological Society of America will again host the Networking for Students and Early Career Professionals event at this year’s Annual Meeting in Portland, and is asking for approximately two to four volunteers from each section to participate as mentors. The event will take place on Sunday, August 5, and is geared towards mentoring students of various levels, ranging from undergraduates to post-docs.

This event is a result of members expressing interest in networking, career resources, and training opportunities in our Membership Survey six years ago, and a strong positive response in subsequent meetings. The idea is for participants to be able to speak to scientists from sections with discipline areas that are of interest to them. The primary goal of each Section’s mentors will be to facilitate discussions with interested students, offer guidance on getting the most out of the Annual Meeting, and general advice about pursuing ecology at higher levels. There is a list of Suggested Talking Points linked below to serve as guidelines, however mentors are encouraged to allow students to drive the conversation with their questions.

Along with the suggested talking points, a list of Guidelines for Mentors is also linked below. The Ecological Society of America is asking each mentor to adhere to the guidelines, among which includes attending the Welcoming Reception after the Sunday Plenary, and the ESA Graduate Student, Post Docs, and Mentor/Mentee Breakfast on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, which is a ticketed event. The cost of the ticket ($10.00) covers the breakfast provided. Tickets can be purchased with your registration or at the registration desk on site; however, for everyone’s convenience we do ask you to try to purchase your ticket ahead of time if possible.

Suggested Talking Points for Mentors 2018

Guidelines for Mentors 2018