The UFFC-S Professional Networking and Mentoring Program

July 31, 2021 | Contributed By - Harriet Lea-Banks, UFFC Networking & Mentoring Committee Member

The UFFC-S Professional Networking and Mentoring Program is a new pilot initiative, so far pairing 64 mentors and mentees from 17 countries. Since March the program has held 1 virtual kick-off event and 3 virtual workshops, welcoming between 30 to 60 participants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Attendees have been evenly distributed between undergraduate or graduate level, postdoctoral level, and senior society members.


Previous workshop hosts have included Alaina G. Levine (1 May 2021 and 10 July 2021) and Sreeja Nair (19 June 2021), on topics such as ‘Crossing the Career Chasm’ and ‘Networking for Nerds’. 2 more workshops are scheduled: Zhen Xu will lead a panel discussion on grant writing (7 August 2021), and Niels Tekke will discuss ‘Personal Profile, Professional Path’ (4 September 2021). The pilot program will conclude with a virtual social mixer at IUS 2021. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

To find out more about this program and the upcoming workshops, please visit