Mentoring Program for Junior Scientists
Attending the 2001 Annual Meeting of
the Society for Mathematical Biology

by Gerda de Vries

The Society for Mathematical Biology recognizes the importance of mentoring in the development of a successful career in mathematical biology. Following the successful pilot mentoring program at our annual meeting in Utah last year, we are again offering a mentoring program for the benefit of junior scientists attending the International Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology, joint with the Japanese Association for Mathematical Biology), held in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii, July 16-19, 2001. The goal of this program is two-fold:

The SMB plans to extend the program to any member of the SMB wishing to benefit from a relationship with a mentor at a more advanced career stage. Watch for future announcements in the SMB Newsletter and the electronic SMB Digest.

How does it work?

If you would like to participate, either as a mentee or as a mentor (or both), contact the coordinator of the mentoring program (see below). The coordinator will find suitable matches, based on research interests and/or special requests.

It is expected that the bulk of the interaction between the mentor and mentee will occur during the conference, although initial contact may be made before the conference. Of course we hope that the relationship is mutually satisfying to the mentor and mentee, and will continue after the conference!

At the conference, we envision the following types of interactions, as the mentor and mentee see fit:

We ask that mentors and mentees keep their discussions confidential to protect the privacy of everyone involved.

How do I sign up?

Please contact the coordinator of the mentoring program by June 30, 2001:

Gerda de Vries
Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Fax: (780) 492 - 6826
In your message, please include the following information:

We cannot guarantee perfect matches, but we will try our best!
For more information see