Mentorship Program

The ISFSI membership roster includes distinguished and highly cited leaders in their respective fields of expertise and students actively building a solid foundation to benefit their future academic, industrial, or commercial pursuits.

The Society’s experienced members provide an ideal foundation for establishing a MENTORING PROGRAM, fostering open and informal interactions between students and seasoned professionals without the constraints of a strictly academic framework.

The program provides a diverse array of opportunities, encompassing, but not limited to:

For Mentors:

  1. Share Your Expertise: Seize the chance to pass on your invaluable knowledge and extensive experience.
  2. Stay Ahead of the Curve: Keep up to date with the latest technologies and innovative approaches in your field.
  3. Refine Your Communication Skills: Enhance your social media and web-based communication proficiency.

For Mentees:

  1. Meet Your Heroes: Get the unique opportunity to connect with your “science heroes” personally.
  2. Learn from the Best: Engage with influential figures in your expertise and benefit from their wisdom.
  3. Diverse Mentoring: Experience a mentoring program that reaches beyond your immediate circle, providing fresh perspectives and insights.

For ISFSI, the goals are to:

  1. Enhance Inter-generational Connections: Foster more robust relationships between junior and senior members.
  2. Inspire a Quest for Knowledge: Motivate younger members to seek knowledge while expanding the sphere of influence for senior members.
  3. Facilitate Member Engagement: Create opportunities for interaction among all our members, promoting community and collaboration.

There are a few essential guidelines to follow:

  1. Alignment of Objectives: The objectives of both mentors and mentees must align. While there are no strict guidelines, ensuring that your goals match is crucial. After the initial pairing, an agreement should be reached through an initial meeting, where prospective objectives, agenda, meeting frequency, and the possibility of an in-person visit, if applicable, can be discussed and finalized.
  2. Setting Realistic Expectations: Setting achievable expectations from the outset is highly recommended. Both mentors and mentees should be realistic about what they can offer and what they expect to receive from the mentoring relationship.
  3. Diverse Mentoring Topics: Mentoring is not limited to strictly academic matters. It can encompass a wide range of areas, including writing advice, guidance for new Principal Investigators, project inquiries, technical support, and even insights into industrial approaches by engaging with our industrial or supporting members.

To apply as a MENTOR (Any senior) or MENTEE (Any fresh person concerning their chosen mentor), please follow these steps:

  • Send a brief message to Dr. Louise von Gersdorff Jørgensen ( and Dr. Natalie Steinel ( with the following information (applicable to both potential mentors and mentees)
  • Contact details.
  • A concise half-page biography.
  • Your academic or career interests.
  • Your current career level.
  • Description of your ideal counterpart (mentors: your preferred mentee qualities, mentees: your desired mentor attributes).
  • Preferences regarding geographical location, affiliated institution, gender, identity, etc. (the broader, the better 😊).

After a brief review by the committee leader, you will receive further information and updates.


Graduate Student Individual Development Mentoring Plan

Postdoc Individual Development Mentoring Plan