Mentor a student at AAAS 2020 Seattle, Washington
The NASW Education Committee is again sponsoring its annual mentoring program during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Seattle, Washington, Feb. 13-16, and we are inviting experienced science writers to volunteer as mentors. We will pair mentors with students in graduate science writing programs or with undergraduates who have demonstrated a serious interest in science writing.

If you would like to help, please complete the form below and we will assign a student to you before the meeting starts. Please let us know as soon as possible.

Mentors and students will gather for an orientation session, 4-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. If you can't make that meeting, it’s okay to contact your student in advance and arrange when and where to meet, but please be sure to ask the student to attend the group orientation even if you won't be there.

Mentors have traditionally had their students shadow them for a day or part of a day, showing them how they select talks and press conferences for coverage. That said, your involvement is totally up to you; if you prefer, you can simply meet for a cup of coffee, breakfast and be available for questions throughout the meeting, or find some other way to help. We welcome staff journalists, PIOs, freelancers and others -- science communication careers of all stripes are useful as models for the students.

Many former mentees now regularly volunteer as mentors because they found the program so inspiring. Please help NASW continue this valuable tradition.

We aim to pair mentors and students who have similar areas of interest, but matches may not be exact. Please indicate on the form whether you are willing to mentor more than one student, if there is a need (You may mentor them simultaneously).

We will let you know which student(s) you have been paired with at least one week before AAAS starts.

Thank you,

Czerne Reid & Ashley Yeager
Co-Chairs, Education Committee
National Association of Science Writers (NASW)

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