I am happy to inform the Vice Chancellor that my group, made up of four Mentees and my self as Mentor, won a place in the USAID Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Women in Science Mentoring program advertised earlier in the year.
The group will be sponsored to Rwanda in July for a 3-day mentorship training, after which a 1-year mentorship programme drawn up at the meeting will be implemented. At the end of the 1 year, the mentees will compete with other cohorts for $10,000 research grants each, which will be managed by the University for each successful mentee.
The group is made up of the following:
Prof. Sylvia Uzochukwu Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology — Mentor
Modinat Adekoya Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology — Mentee
Dr. Cordelia Jaiyeoba Department of Food Science and Technology – Mentee
Mrs. Folake Idowu Department of Food Science and Technology – Mentee
Mrs. Elizabeth Adesemoye Department of Microbiology – Mentee
Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) & Coach Women in Science Mentoring Program
The PEER Women in Science Mentorship Program consists of groups of women in senior and junior faculty positions. Each group will have one senior faculty mentor and two to four more junior faculty from the same university. For one year following this workshop these small groups will build personal and career development goals in topics such as networking, research proposal writing, and research paper publication.
The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for a small group of women scientists from several different countries in Africa to share their mentoring research ideas and to learn new skills and best practices in mentoring. The workshop is being sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, USAID and is being organized by COACh (http://coach.uoregon.edu), an organization in the US that is working to increase the success of women scientists in research areas of global need.
Why is the focus on women? The idea for this workshop was motivated by the success of the US-based COACh program, (run through the University of Oregon) which is a grass-roots organization that has worked to increase the number and career success of women scientists and engineers through innovative programs and strategies (http://coach.uoregon.edu/coach/).
COACh provides avenues for networking and mentoring of scientists and engineers at all levels to assist them in their research, teaching and career advancement and works closely with many institutions to create equal opportunities for all potential contributors to the scientific and technical workforce. The COACh international program is creating opportunities for women scientists and engineers to build international networks of research and capacity building in areas of global need.
Attach is the confirmation letter…
Subject: A PEERÁ Women in Science Mentoring Program Notification
To: firstname.lastname@example.org: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; folake.idowu @fuoye.edu.ng; email@example.com
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 3:38:07 PM GMT+1
Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that your recent application to the Partnerships for Enhanced
Engagement in Research (PEER) Women in Science Mentoring Program has been selected to the program. In consultation with our program sponsors at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), we recently completed our evaluation process, and your application was one of only 10 selected from among the 150 eligible applications submitted. The selection process was extremely competitive, so you can be very proud that your application was among the strongest in the excellent group of applications we received.
As we had earlier announced on our program webpage, all the selected mentors and mentees will attend a three-day training program in Rwanda run by COACh Global who we have contracted to conduct the training. The training will begin on Wednesday, 11 July to Friday 13 July. The training including travel, lodging and meals, will be fully funded for the selected cohorts. At the end of the three-day training, mentors will have a mentorship plan for the year and mentees will have a research plan.
To this end, you will be working directly with Priscilla Lewis, COACh Coordinator at the University of Oregon to organize travel logistics to Rwanda. She will be reaching out to you in the next few weeks to give you more information about the training.
The training in Rwanda is compulsory for all the members of the cohorts. If you are not able to fully commit to the 3-day training, please let me know as soon as possible.
Once again, congratulations, and I look forward to working with you on this very exciting program.
Lynnette Lusenaka, PMPI Program Officer
The National Academies of Sciences. Engineering. Medicine
Policy and Global Affairs
5th St NW Washington DC 20001
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org I P: 202-334-2432