Mentoring Program

Application Deadline: January 15th

The Wilson Ornithological Society Mentoring Program is aimed at providing meaningful mentorship to students and early-career ornithologists. We recognize that, as is the case with many professional societies, those currently involved with the WOS are generally members of the networks of those who preceded them, which adds to the substantial barriers already faced by many in entering our profession. The WOS mentoring program aims to address this by 1) providing mentorship on the wide variety of careers available in ornithology and avian conservation and how to build skills to be competitive for these careers; 2) building mentees’ professional networks to aid them as they navigate decision points throughout their careers, and 3) providing information on how to be involved with professional societies in general and the WOS in particular.

We will be welcoming at least three mentees into the program’s initial cohort in 2022 cohort. They will meet as a group for professional development and will also meet individually with mentors leading up to and after the July 2022 meeting. In the coming years we hope to expand this program to support larger cohorts. 

Mentees will receive:

  • Conference registration, lodging and travel expenses to 2022 WOS meeting
  • WOS membership for one year following the award
  • Individual career mentoring
  • Professional development webinars and workshops
  • Networking opportunities to meet professionals from diverse fields

Eligibility and Application Instructions

Applications are due January 15th. For the 2022 cohort, the applicant must:

  • Currently live within a 10 hour drive of Santa Fe, NM;
  • Be a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student, or have been a student in the past 5 years; and
  • Be available to attend the entire July 2022 Meeting (July 17-20).

Please submit applications via email to auriel@illinois.edu with the subject line “WOS Mentoring 2022.” Applications should be attached as a single PDF document and consist of 1) a two-page statement of career interests and what the applicant hopes to gain from the program and 2) a resume or CV (two pages maximum).

Program Timeline

  • January 15: Applications due
  • February 15: Mentees announced
  • March–June: Monthly meetings with mentors 
  • July: Attend WOS 2022
  • August–November: Two additional meetings with mentors