Mentoring Circles FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an AWIS Mentoring Circle?

A Mentoring Circle is a small group of women scientists committed to meeting regularly and supporting one another with advice, support and information. Each circle will consist of 3-5 peers and be coordinated and supported by 1-2 mentors.

Who will be in my circle?

The MASS AWIS mentoring committee will review submitted surveys and match you with a circle based on interest, career goals, geography and other factors.

When will I find out whether I have matched into a circle?

Applicants will be notified in early August.

What will we talk about?

The group will decide how it wants to handle the schedule and set goals at the beginning of the year. MASS AWIS can also provide you with ideas and articles to help start conversation. Once you get started—we don’t think you’ll have trouble finding things to talk about! All participants should be willing to give and get professional and personal support from other talented women in the scientific community.

Do I need to be a MASS AWIS member to participate in the mentoring circles program?

Membership is required for mentees only, mentors are encouraged but not required to join MASS AWIS

How much does it cost to participate?

There is a one-time $25 fee for mentees only, due prior to the kick-off event in September. There is no fee for mentors. MASS AWIS Bucks can be applied. 

Is it going to be fun?

Absolutely! You will make new close connections with women who share your concerns, interests and values.

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