CASTAC, the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing, seeks to support the professional development of early career scholars in the anthropology of science and technology. Toward this end, they are launching a new Junior-Senior Mentor Program at the 2014 AAA Annual Meeting. Faculty and senior researchers who would be willing to meet with one or two junior scholars (graduate students and recent PhDs) are invited to participate in the mentor program at the Annual Meeting of the AAA in Washington, DC, this December. CASTAC is also seeking junior scholars who would like to connect with senior scholars in their area of interest.
CASTAC will match mentors and mentees according to overlapping research interests and facilitate their initial contact. Participants will then arrange a time to meet during the conference. The meetings will last about an hour, potentially touching upon a range of topics such as funding, professionalization, job preparation, and new directions in STS and anthropology.
As CASTAC members can attest from participating in similar programs at other conferences, mentorship is an invaluable source of information to early career scholars, and offers numerous returns for mentors as well, strengthening our field through the exchange of ideas and professional connections.
If you are interested in participating as a mentor or mentee at the AAAs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 21 November 2014. Junior scholars are asked to send a brief paragraph about their current project and research interests, and senior mentors are asked to include a couple of keywords about their current interests. Please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Carlson or Jordan Kraemer with any questions.