Mentor Application
The ATBC Mentoring Circle program for 2018-19 is designed to bring together groups of 8-12 ATBC members to provide support and advice for career development in tropical biology and conservation. Specifically, we aim to support early career tropical biologists (i.e. graduate students and post-docs) by providing a network of individuals that can provide advice, best practices, and tools to achieve success.

Two to four mentors will serve as facilitators for each Mentoring Circle. Mentors will serve as facilitators for the group and will ensure that all individuals in the group have an opportunity to contribute. Mentors will work to ensure that meetings are positive and productive, while providing their perspectives and experiences based on their long careers in tropical biology and conservation.

Mentors and mentees will attend a workshop on Sunday, July 1st 14:00-1600 before the opening ceremony of the ATBC 2017 annual meeting in Kuching, Malaysia; lunch on Wednesday July 4th; and monthly virtual meetings throughout the rest of the year with their mentoring circle. Mentors will also attend a mentoring workshop from 12:00 - 14:00 on Sunday, July 1st, and mentor check-in meetings during the year.

To participate this year, mentees and mentors should be:
1) current members of ATBC,
2) giving an oral or poster presentation at the ATBC meeting in Kuching,
3) able to attend meetings on Sunday, July 1st, and Wednesday, July 4th,
4) committed to participating in the Mentoring Circles throughout the year.

Mentors will be recognized for their amazing efforts at the ATBC annual meeting.

Deadline for applications is May 14th by 5:00 pm EDT.

Please direct any questions about the Mentoring Circles to Becky Ostertag ( or Tony Lynam (, ATBC Mentoring Circle Co-Coordinators for 2018-19.

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