As is the case with members of many professional societies, those currently active with the WOS typically get involved via their connections with those who preceded them. The difficulty of building these professional networks can add to the substantial barriers already faced by many hoping to go into ornithology as a career, and the new WOS Mentoring Program hopes to address this.
The initial cohort of mentees will receive financial support to attend the 2022 WOS meeting and free WOS membership for one year following the award and will be matched with mentors to receive individual career mentoring, professional development, and networking opportunities. This program is open to both students and early-career professionals (five years or less of professional experience) who live within a ten-hour drive of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and are willing to attend the meeting in July in person. See this page for full eligibility details and application instructions. Applications from potential mentees are due January 15!