PathFinders

The ASIP Committee for Career Development and Diversity operates the PathFinders program which is a mentoring opportunity for first-time attendees to the ASIP Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology. The purpose of the PathFinders program is to provide guidance to trainees related to navigation of a large multi-disciplinary meeting like Experimental Biology (especially for those attending the meeting without their institutional research advisor), and to build camaraderie between ASIP trainees and regular members. By leveraging the guidance and expertise of current ASIP members, this program enables trainees to be introduced to the Society on a more personal level, and to maximize their conference experience. Trainees are matched with an ASIP mentor (a junior or senior level ASIP member who is actively engaged with the organization), based on their research interests and/or availability. Trainees and meeting mentors are provided contact information so that communications can begin prior to the Annual Meeting. At the Annual Meeting, trainees and meeting mentors meet face-to-face, possibly just once or possibly more frequently, to discuss the meeting overall, and specific opportunities for the trainee to participate in career development and educational sessions. The meeting mentor will also introduce the trainee to other ASIP members, including ASIP leadership. This program has been very successful in the past and feedback from trainees indicates real value in participation through the establishment of lasting relationships with other members and a more productive meeting experience.