Mentoring and Collaboration

After the Fellowships have been awarded, Fellows will be provided a suite of resources to promote informal and formal networking, mentoring, and leadership development across disciplines, in addition to a committed local advisor and host institution.  These include:

Collaboration and Mentoring Committees:
After they have accepted their Fellowship offers, in the spring or summer of 2022, each Fellow will put together their own Collaboration and Mentoring Committee. This will operate as a more mature, peer-to-peer version of a PhD students' thesis committee. The committee will include the Fellow, the Fellow's local advisor, an additional faculty member or researcher that the Fellow invites to participate from one of the LINCC Hub institutions, an active member of the LSST Science Collaborations, a faculty member that the Fellow invites to participate from one of the expansion-site institutions, and a social scientist. To ensure that they have time and resources to engage meaningfully with the Fellow, the committee member from the LSST Science Collaborations and the committee member from an expansion site will each receive modest grants.

Research Groups:
In consultation with the astrophysics Fellows, we will form Groups of two or three Collaboration and Mentoring Committees that have similar scientific focuses and at least one of the social science Fellows.  Each group will be led by a participant from one of the LINCC Hub institutions and will hold virtual meetings monthly.  As with the Collaboration and Mentoring Committees, they will help keep fellows in disparate locations from becoming isolated.

Peer Mentoring and Leadership Training:
Also taking place on a monthly time scale will be virtual peer-mentoring and leadership training sessions for all the Fellows together (astrophysics and social sciences). Specific leadership training activities will be offered to all of the Fellows.  

Annual Symposia:
All participants will come together for an annual symposium at one of the LINCC Hub institutions that will feature scientific talks by the Fellows as well as discussions and activities to further the fellowship program goals.  These symposia will be open to the scientific community