Thanks to generous sponsors of CEMI (http://microbiology.caltech.edu/), Dianne Newman is announcing a new "Teaching/Mentorship Partnership" with Pasadena City College (PCC) and CalState LA that will be piloting this year. The goals of this program are:
1) Forge a stronger connection between Caltech and two outstanding local schools, PCC and CalState LA.
2) Provide 2 students at PCC and 2 students at CalState LA the opportunity to come to Caltech to perform CEMI-related research via the WAVE program next summer.
3) Provide Caltech grad students and postdocs an opportunity to serve as mentors to these students, as well as a chance to give a talk about your research to a class at PCC or CalState LA and introduce the program. Staff from the Center for Teaching, Learning and Outreach (CTLO) will help you hone your talk beforehand so it is appropriate for the occasion. Training will also be provided on mentorship from the Caltech Center for Inclusion and Diversity (CCID).
This program will roll out as follows over the coming academic year:
Fall 2021: 4 Caltech mentors will visit PCC and CalState LA (2/school) to give mini talks about your research and introduce the WAVE opportunity to the students at these schools (the chance to work with YOU in the lab in the summer of 2022). The lecture at CalState LA will be on Thursday, November 4 from 3:10-4:00pm. The lecture date for PCC is forthcoming.
Winter 2022: Interested CalState LA and PCC students will meet for lunch with the prospective Caltech mentors at their institutions to learn more about the WAVE program and specific opportunity. In partnership with the faculty leads at these institutions, students who are good fits for the program will be selected.
Spring 2022: Paired mentees/mentors will work together to help the mentees write a research proposal for the WAVE program. WAVE admission is guaranteed, but this will be an important exercise in helping a student learn how to write a scientific research proposal.
Summer 2022: Students will participate in the WAVE program, with additional CEMI programming for the CEMI-WAVE cohort.
Please let Dianne Newman (dkn *at* caltech.edu) know if you are interested in serving as a Caltech ambassador/mentor ASAP. Our colleagues at CalState LA and PCC would like to get your bios and titles for your talks to advertise to their students; they are also eager to thank you for participating in this program because they are very excited about it. We think this program has the potential to be very impactful and fulfilling for all involved!