Senior Resource Group Buddy System to Match Long-Term Members with First-Time Annual Meeting Attendees in Long Beach
SETAC North America Career Development and Membership Committees
The SETAC North America Career Development and Membership Committees have teamed up to provide a home for a “senior resource group” (SRG): a self-identified group of senior, charter, emeritus, retired or other long-term members with an interest in being called upon as needed to fill mentoring opportunities. SETAC North America highly values the knowledge and experiences of SRG fellows and is working to ensure that the members are acknowledged and their experience tapped. For more information, or if you would like to be identified as an SRG fellow, please contact Alison Fraser.
The Career Development and Membership Committees are presently seeking SRG fellows and prospective SRG fellows to share your SETAC institutional knowledge and experiences, by participating in a buddy system matching mentors and first-time SETAC North America annual meeting attendees.
The SETAC North America annual meeting is a great resource for scientific discourse, increasing knowledge and networking, but getting the most out of it can be a challenge for first-time attendees. Mentor and first-time attendee buddies will be matched by early November to give them an opportunity to chat in advance of the meeting. Buddies will be asked to meet in person at designated events during the meeting. The time commitment can be as little as a couple of hours with flexibility to extend the contact. Please consider being a buddy; a small amount of your time can make a big difference in welcoming another SETAC member and encouraging his or her involvement in our society. You can sign up for the buddy system at www.surveymonkey.com/s/LBMeetingBuddy.
The Career Development and Membership Committees are working with SETAC North America Executive Director Greg Schiefer to develop other mentoring and ambassador activities for SRG fellows targeted at early and mid-career SETAC members, both within SETAC North America and between SETAC North America and other geographic units. Projected programs include educational outreach through regional chapters, mentor–protégé teaming and meet-your-mentor receptions. Efforts to obtain feedback from long-time SETAC members on future programs and logistics are being planned.
We look forward to input from senior, charter, emeritus, retired or other long-term SETAC members to guide the development of the SRG program.
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