Speed Mentoring at WiCS at Psychonomics 2018!

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to invite you to participate in the Women in Cognitive Science (WiCS)* Speed Mentoring program at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society to be held Nov 15-18, 2018 in New Orleans. The speed mentoring program will link junior scientists with senior scientists in brief (15-20 min) one-on-one meetings and is open to both men and women.

The Speed Mentoring session will be from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, following the WiCS presentation (Thursday, November 15th, 4:00-6:00 pm, Celestin H) by Vicki Magley from the University of Connecticut, entitled “The Whys and Hows of Sexual Harassment: What Organizations Should be Doing”

WiCS speed mentoring programs have been held at the meetings of the Psychonomic Society in 2016 and 2017, at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society Granada in 2016, at the International Meeting of APS in Vienna in 2017, and at APS in San Francisco in 2018.

There are several ground rules for this program:

  1. this is a one-time session (i.e., the mentor is not signing on for a longer-term mentoring relationship);
  2. the mentee should come with a specific question or two to guide the session and make the most of it;
  3. the mentee should send the mentor a CV and the question(s) ahead of time, but not expect that the mentor will have read this information prior to the meeting; and
  4. the information shared during the session is to be kept completely confidential.

Both mentors and mentees from the previous sessions have reported finding the experience to be very useful.

If you are interested in being a mentor, please complete the Google document at the link given below before October 15.


If you are interested in being a mentee, please complete the Google document at the link given below before October 15. At this time, mentoring is open to WiCS members** on a first-come, first-served basis. **WiCS membership is free. You can join at http://www.womenincogsci.org/membership-form


Once mentors are secured, mentors and mentees will be matched based on general interest area. Please share this email with others who you think may be interested. All are welcome — female and male mentors and mentees alike! Be sure to arrange your travel plans accordingly. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans.

Psychonomic WiCS 2018 Co-Organizers

Laura Carlson, University of Notre Dame Laurie Feldman, The University at Albany Judith Kroll, University of California, Riverside Randi Martin, Rice University Suparna Rajaram, Stony Brook University Natasha Tokowicz, University of Pittsburgh

*Women in Cognitive Science is supported by a grant from the NSF program in Perception, Action, and Cognition.