Helpful resources for 2017

One of the goals of 500 Women Scientists is to empower women to grow to their full potential in science. Mentoring and professional development trainings offer a great avenue to achieve this goal. As a start to 2017 we put together a list of resources that may be of interest for those of you searching for mentoring, professional or other networks. 

This list is by no means comprehensive, but we hope it can serve as a starting point for increasing diversity in STEM and give you a few tools to advance your career!

Do you have more suggestions? Programs or resources that have helped you? Comment below or send us an email. This will be an ever growing list that we can update with your help!

Mentoring and Professional Development Training and Resources

Earth Science Women’s Network provides career development, mentoring, and community building for women in geosciences.

My Individual Development Plan provides exercises to examine skills, interests and values; predictions of which career paths are the best match for you; a tool for setting goals; and articles and resources on STEM careers. 

National Postdoctoral Association gives a voice to postdoctoral scholars and has a range of resources! 

            And there is even an Annual Meeting!

The National Research Mentoring Network - provides trainees across biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming.

Some of their awesome programs include:  

  • Guided virtual mentorship, 
  • Coaching groups for writing proposals
  • Research mentor training
  • Research mentee training
  • Building capacity for mentor and mentee training

        They also have Career development webinars and a youtube channel with more resources!

NextProf Science Future Faculty Workshop - provides on-site training at the University of Michigan in how the faculty search process works, building a research program, creating teaching and mentoring philosophies, and networking.

Some other resources that may be of interest: 

Diversify EEB highlights ecologists and evolutionary biologists who are women and/or underrepresented minorities. 

Women in Microbiome Research - a list compiled by Elisabeth Bik to identify female scientists for keynotes and forums.

American Fisheries Society Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program a paid summer mentoring program for high school students from traditionally under-represented groups to participate in fisheries-related research.

Finally, here are some great blogs to follow that often discuss mentoring and professional development:


(These resources were put together by Emily Lescak (@elescak). Thanks Emily!)