Mentoring Symposia
The Mentoring Symposia are organized by the Women in Physiology Committee and cover all aspects of mentoring relevant to today’s trainees at all stages of their career (graduate, postdoctoral, early career).

Below for links to the Mentoring Symposia from each year's Experimental Biology meeting.


2019 Mentoring Symposium: Career Planning: No Scientist Left Behind

Session addressing career interruptions, the leaky pipeline, the glass ceiling, and identifying structural issues and successes within institutions.

2018 Mentoring Symposium: Recognizing and Responding to Implicit Bias in Science

Session addressing implicit bias in science, and how to create and promote for an environment free of such bias.

2017 Mentoring Symposium: Choosing the Right Lab and Personnel for Your Career

Session on key aspects of the complicated decision-making process of choosing the right lab and personnel for your career.

2016 Mentoring Symposium: Negotiating for Success!

Expert speakers will cover negotiation skills, using the right tools and the right approach to succeed in any discipline, personality types, and skills to maximize your strengths.

2015 Mentoring Symposium: Mentoring for Diverse Careers: Mentor and Protégé Perspectives

Information on how to approach your mentor or advisor about taking “alternative” career paths and how to handle these situations if a mentee approaches you for advice on a non-traditional career path.

2014 Mentoring Symposium: Ahead of the Curve: Taking the Lead

Session on defining why leadership skills are important, how to obtain those skills, and how to highlight and demonstrate those skills on your CV or social media sites.

2013 Mentoring Symposium: The Changing Face of Tenure

Session discussing how the definition of tenure differs across higher education institutions.

2012 Mentoring Symposium: Conflict Resolution: How to Keep Everyone Happy!

Session discussing conflict resolution with superiors, colleagues, laboratory employees, students and postdocs, and lab mates.

2011 Mentoring Symposium: Work/Life Balance: Every Choice Matters

Session addressing how someone can pursue other interests and be a successful scientist as well.

2010 Mentoring Symposium: A Primer for the New PI: How to Herd Cats AND Keep Your Boss Happy

Session for new faculty addressing how to kick-start a research program and become active members of a new institution.

2009 Mentoring Symposium: Pathways to Leadership: Developing Critical Skills

Session on how women at senior levels used life experiences to help them develop important leadership skills.

2008 Mentoring Symposium: Gainfully Employed: From Launching a Job Search to Navigating Negotiations

Session for early career scientists who will soon transition into ‘new’ professional appointment.

2007 Mentoring Symposium: Being Heard: The Microinequities That Tilt the Playing Field

This session covers being heard as students and postdocs, being respected as junior faculty, and being recognized as senior faculty.

2006 Mentoring Symposium: Mastering the Juggling Act: Laboratory, Life, and Leadership Roles

Session on juggling research-related duties, research with service and teaching, as a two-career couple, and job and family.

2005 Mentoring Symposium: Managing a Laboratory

Session on various skills needed to manage a laboratory.

2004 Mentoring Symposium: Life After the Ph.D.: Finding a Postdoctoral Fellowship

Session for graduate students on looking for and selecting a postdoctoral fellowship.

2003 Mentoring Symposium: Presentation Skills

Session on oral and poster presentations, how to share science with the public and media, and interviewing skills.

2002 Mentoring Symposium: How to be a Good Mentor/How to be a Good Mentee

Session to provide mentors and mentees advice on the importance of good mentoring to promote development from undergraduate through advanced stages of a scientific career.

2001 Mentoring Symposium: How to Write and Publish in APS/ASPET Journals

Session to mentor young scientists writing, reviewing and publishing manuscripts in APS and ASPET Journals.