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Katie Bieryla
06-02-2008, 11:15 PM
The ASB Executive Board is announcing the Mentoring Program at the 2008
North American Conference on Biomechanics at the University of Michigan, in
Ann Arbor, Michigan. The goal of this program is to optimize the educational
and professional experience of students attending the conference in August.

Anyone attending the annual meeting can participate. We are currently
seeking students and senior scientists who are interested in participating
in the program. If you would like to participate, contact one the
coordinator of the mentoring program, Katie Bieryla (kbieryla@vt.edu). The
coordinator and the ASB executive board will work together to find suitable
matches between students and mentors based on research interests and/or
special requests.

We envision that the following type of interactions between the student and
the mentor will take place at the ASB meeting:
--The mentor will introduce the student to colleagues and help the student
establish a professional network.
--The mentor will spend a lunch or dinner with the student discussing the
student's educational and/or career objectives.
--The mentor will share career experience with the student.
--The mentor will attend the (poster or podium) presentation of the student
and provide constructive feedback.

Please contact the coordinator of the mentoring program before June 16,
2008. In your message, please include the following:
--Your contact information (name, mailing address, email address, phone
number, etc.).
--A brief (one paragraph) description of your research interests.
--Your career stage.
--Students: Do you have any special requests? Perhaps you know of a
scientist that is coming to the conference whom you would like to have as a
mentor.

Notifications of the final matches will occur in July. Following
notification it is the student's responsibility to contact their assigned
mentor to make arrangements to meet at the annual meeting. For more
information please go to the ASB webpage (www.asbweb.org).

We hope that you share the ASB Executive Board's enthusiasm for the
Mentoring Program.

Mentoring Program Coordinator:

Katie Bieryla
ASB Student Representative
Kevin P. Granata Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory
Virginia Tech
Email: kbieryla@vt.edu