M&M Science Mentorship

COVID 19 has revealed even more the longstanding deep racial and ethnic disparities, the consequences of which are visible in education, research, science, and engineering. It all begins from education —  academics should take time to reflect and act more actively for creating a gender-neutral academic community. However, scattered efforts will not contribute significantly to such a profound challenge. 

As a more systematic approach to tackle this issue, and inspired by similar initiatives by fellow academics, I wish to make a first step and launch the M&M (Materials and Mechanics) Science Mentoring Program. Annually, I will offer support over a time range of 3-yrs:

  • 1 M&M mentorship for undergraduate or early graduate students of underrepresented communities, that wish to pursue a career in science.
  • 1 M&M mentorship for a high school student from underrepresented communities wishing to pursue a career in STEM.

The mentorship will circulate around building the mentee’s confidence and self-understanding, learning how to define clear goals, and eventually, crafting job applications and shaping a proper portfolio for an impactful journey in science.

If you are interested, please apply before Jan 31st, 2022 with:

  1. 1-page statement describing your current research interests within materials and/or mechanics
  2. 1-page statement on how you wish to contribute to the science community in the next 5 years
  3. CV

Send all material as a single pdf file to Dr. Christos Athanasiou: christos_edouardos_athanasiou at brown.edu

2021 Recipient – Daiki Ikeuchi (Graduate Student / Cambridge University)