Mentoring at AAAS

The NASW Education Committee will again sponsor the annual "Mentoring at AAAS" program in February, and we need your help. The program matches a veteran journalist or public information officer with a novice science writer or a student in a graduate science writing program. For 2006, the program will be offered at the AAAS annual meeting in St. Louis. (Feb. 16-20).

Here's what it involves: The mentor and participant will meet at an orientation session on Friday Feb. 17. (Or orientation can be arranged individually for another time if the mentor or participant are not at the conference on Friday.) They will then schedule to meet one of the days of the AAAS conference, and the participant will follow his/her mentor as he/she works the meeting until roughly dinnertime. Of course, both are free to negotiate other times during the meeting to get together, or to part ways for short periods if there are divergent interests at the meeting.

More than 250 people have participated in the program in the past, and we expect a large turnout again this year of folks who need mentors. We need your help! Please volunteer to be a mentor. There's a brief form below that will help us match you with a new science writer with similar interests to your own. Just copy it and paste it into a new e-mail, fill it out and e-mail it to this address. Please do not send attachments.

For those of you who are seeking mentors, please hold off on contacting us. We will send a separate e-mail in early January inviting novice science writers to apply.

Thanks in advance for your support!

John Travis and Jeff Grabmeier NASW Education Committee Co-chairs

______YES! I'LL BE A MENTOR!!

Name: ________________________

Affiliation: _________________

Phone: _______________________

E-mail: ______________________

My preferred day(s) to mentor are:

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___Mon

Current position and responsibilities:

Science field(s) of particular interest:

Will you be filing stories from the annual meeting or working media conferences?

Briefly, my background is (include educational training, a summary of positions held, etc.):

Have you been a mentor before? If so, when?