AWIS Mentoring

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Upcoming meeting:

Welcome to AWIS-PA mentoring - Q&A panel event 

Date: Wednesday October 09 2019

Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

    7:00 - 7:30 pm - Networking dinner
7:30 - 7:40 pm - Announcements
                            7:40 - 9:00 pm - Presentation and Panel discussion


Join us for an exciting presentation and a Q&A about our Mentoring Program with a panel of mentors and former protegees.


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PA-AWIS Chapter

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Palo Alto Association for Women In Science Mentoring

Who are we? The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Mentoring Program consists of a group of women graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and professional scientists/engineers working in industrial and academic settings.  The program is sponsored and staffed by volunteers from the Palo Alto chapter of AWIS and has been actively working with graduate women at Stanford since 1991.

Why join? It is an excellent opportunity to interact and network with a diverse group of women in science in a supportive and informal setting.  Plus, it is an excellent opportunity to  give and receive one-on-one mentoring and to expand your professional network.

How does it work?  The program meets five times during the academic year on Stanford campus from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  Meetings include dinner, a short talk or panel and group discussion.  Topics may include work-life balance, choosing between a career in academia or industry, job search strategies, professional development (e.g., leadership, networking, working effectively in a team), etc.. 

In addition, the Mentoring Committee pairs each participating student/post-doc with a woman scientist/engineer.  Post-docs are paired with a more senior mentor and will also act as mentors to graduate students.  The mentor and protégée arrange times to meet one-on-one.  The time commitment is flexible, negotiable, and by mutual agreement.

How to join? If you are interested in working with a mentor or acting as a mentor, please fill out a profile form on the left side menu. Stanford post-docs who would like mentors should fill the protégée form which will also ask for information to identify their grad student protegee.  We also welcome post-docs from outside Stanford as mentors for graduate students.  We are always accepting new mentors to the program; you will be paired on an annual basis in early November.  Mentors and Proteges should fill out a protege form prior to the application deadline.  Late Mentor forms are being accepted.

The AWIS Mentoring Committee encourages and welcomes all members and individuals interested in promoting the roles of women in science. Friends and colleagues are welcome. If you have any questions, check out our FAQs or please feel free to email us at mentoring.awis [at] gmail [dot] com.  We look forward to meeting you!

Previous meetings:


Exploring different career paths - panel event 

Date: Tuesday, May 21st 2019

Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

7:00-7:30 pm - networking dinner
7:30-7:40 pm - announcements
7:40 - 9:00pm - panel discussion


Join us for an exciting discussion about different career paths. Learn about the critical factors that will best prepare you for successful careers in academia and beyond academia.

Panelists include:

  • Elizabeth Mormino, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Stanford University.

  • Christine Moussion, PhD, Scientist and Group Leader, Genentech.

  • Sunny Jansen, PhD, Regulatory Affairs, Verily.

  • Anna Simonin, PhD, Senior Editor, PLOS ONE.

  • Kristin Abaonza, PharmD, Drug Investigator and Regulatory Officer, FDA.

  • Peter Cowan, PhD, Director of Conservation Science, Peninsula Open Space Trust.