Epidemiology Section Mentorship Page

Epidemiology Section One-on-One Mentor Matching Program

What is the One-on-One Mentor Matching Program?

The aim of the TOS One-on-One Mentor Matching Program program is to help students, postdocs, and junior faculty members plan their careers by matching them with more experienced colleagues in the Obesity Society.


How does the program work?

The Mentoring Subcommittee will match mentors with mentees based on shared goals and interests. Mentees will complete an information form with basic information and interest in discussing a variety of mentoring topics. Participants will be notified by email about their match and provided contact information to initiate the relationship. Once the matches have occurred, the lengths of the mentoring relationships are determined by the mentor and mentee pairs.


Who can participate?

Requirements to be a Mentee:

  • You are interested in discussing career development, research or professional challenges with a more experienced colleague.
  • You are willing to take responsibility for the mentoring relationship, initiating first contact, co-coordinating meeting time(s) with your mentor, and following up with your mentor match.

Mentees can request more than one mentor, perhaps for different purposes.


What issues might we discuss?

The following list represents a compilation of activities, topics and mutual interests that are possible for exploration within a mentoring partnership. These are merely examples:


  • Read and critique to grant proposals
  • Advice on establishing a publication record
  • Content specific research questions
  • Research group organization


Professional Development

  • Introduction to colleagues or contacts
  • Critiquing mentee’s resume/portfolio/CV
  • Review of mentor’s resume/CV
  • Insight into mentor's own academic experience
  • Developing interviewing or informational interviews skills
  • Guidance on how to seek a job or postdoc in the field
  • Discussion of academia vs. industry vs. government vs. foundation


Professional Service

  • Committee involvement
  • Professional organization involvement


Personal Life and Balance Issues

  • Discussion of how personal and professional life can fit together


How do I sign up?


Download and complete the Mentor or Mentee information forms and send completed forms to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it






Resources on mentoring

Your Goals
Defining A Mentoring Relationship

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