The 22nd Annual Meeting of Women in Cognitive Science (WiCS)

STEPPING OUT OF THE NARROW PATH: Exploring Experiences Outside Academia
Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

The 22nd Annual Meeting of Women in Cognitive Science (WiCS) will be held on the opening day of the Psychonomics Society meeting in Boston on Thursday, November 17, 2022, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm EST. WiCS is excited to host a panel discussion on "Stepping out of the Narrow Path" as a hybrid event with both in person and Zoom options for attendance. See Psychonomics Abstract book for more details.

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4.00-6.00 EDT: Panel and Q&A
Stepping Out of the Narrow Path: Exploring Experiences Outside Academia

Cognitive science engages a range of skills and perspectives that are in demand in many settings. Yet, early career researchers, as well as more advanced academics, often struggle to find opportunities to share their skills. Our panel of speakers brings a wealth of experience in different sectors outside the traditional academic path. Join the workshop to hear them share stories of their paths. Stay for the social hour and speed mentoring sessions.


  • Leslie Lai, Google
  • Laura Matzen, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Betty Tuller, National Science Foundation
  • Starla Weaver, Leidos

  • 6.00-7.00 EDT: Social Hour & Speed Mentoring
    WiCS Mentoring Program
    As part of this event, we invite you to participate in the WiCS speed mentoring program. WiCS has been hosting speed mentoring events since 2015, both in person and virtually, at meetings of the Psychonomic Society in the US and in Europe, APS, ICPS, and SARMAC.

    This year WiCS hopes to offer BOTH in person and virtual options for mentoring. Both formats will kick off at 6 PM EST and last no more than 40 minutes..

    There are several ground rules for speed mentoring:
    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. This is a program for scientists of all gender identities, for both mentors and mentees.
    If you are interested in being a mentor, please complete this MENTOR FORM >>
    If you are interested in being a mentee, please complete this MENTEE FORM >>

    All responses are due by Tuesday, Nov. 1. Note - You may wish to sign up as BOTH a mentor and a mentee. For example, a first-year professor may wish for mentoring around earning tenure AND may be positioned well to mentor others about thriving in graduate school.

    At this time, mentoring is open to WiCS members** on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that we will be supporting either in person or virtual mentoring sessions for the first time this year, so we may have limited availability. We will put you on a waiting list if we do not have an opening.

    Women in Cognitive Science is affiliated with the Psychonomic Society and its activities are funded by the Perception, Action & Cognition program at the National Science Foundation.

    **WiCS membership is free and open to scientists of all gender identities. Join WiCS >>