• Home
  • /News
  • /Mentoring Crash Course: Research, Publication, Methods, and Professionalism (SPA and SMA)

Mentoring Crash Course: Research, Publication, Methods, and Professionalism (SPA and SMA)

The Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) and the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) seek to provide student mentoring through a 90-minute crash course in research, publications, methods, and professionalization. Participants will get the chance to engage in two 30-minute discussions between mentors (SPA and/or SMA members with an academic appointment; e.g. post-doctoral scholar, professorship, etc.) and mentees (graduate student members of the SPA and/or SMA). During the event, each mentor will meet with 2 groups of 4-5 mentees for 30 minutes each. The first 10-15 minutes will consist of a presentation by the mentor about their given topic (i. e. publishing tips, professionalization, special research topic). The next 15-20 minutes will be a Q&A with the 4-5 student mentees. The first 30-minute session will be followed by a 15-minute intermission for mentors and mentees to finish their conversations and to get coffee/breakfast. The mentees will then rotate to their next assigned mentor who covers a different topic, repeating the 30-minute timeline. The event will end with 15 minutes of generalized discussion and networking between mentees and mentors. During this time, the mentors and mentees will also be asked to complete an exit evaluation.

The topics may include, but are not limited to: 1) qualitative methods (e.g. how to use NVivo and why); 2) publishing tips (e.g. how to select a journal, how to write a cover letter, how to address comments, what to do if an article is rejected); 3) special research topics (e.g. engaging beyond academia; Anthropology and Global Health); 4) grant writing tips: (e.g. FAQs for NIH/NSF/Wenner Gren, how to address reviewer comments); 5) professionalization (e.g. where to look for post-docs, writing a job cover letter, how to approach faculty interviews, or on-campus job visit tips).

If you are interested in participating in this joint SPA/SMA Mentoring Event at the 2018 AAAs, please look out for a solicitation of mentors and mentees in August. If you have any questions, you can email Ellen Kozelka at [email protected].