Mentoring Activities

2023 ASM Mentor Program

The ASLO meeting mentor program is designed to match novice meeting attendees, students, and early career scientists with an experienced scientist who can help them navigate the meeting, network, and provide scientific and career advice. This program also facilitates connections between scientists from different regions and cultural backgrounds. Information obtained through the program registration is used to match mentors with mentees who shared common research disciplines in a tiered arrangement (i.e., undergraduate student mentees with graduate student mentors, graduate student mentees with faculty mentors, etc.).

Typically, the ratio is roughly a 2-to-1 match of mentees with mentors. The majority of the mentees are undergraduate and graduate students, with postdocs and research scientists making up most of the remainder. Mentees may also include young faculty members new to the ASLO community.  Mentors will send an initial contact email prior to the meeting to introduce themselves and to discuss meeting objectives, such as sharing science, networking, and career opportunities. Meetings between mentors and mentees may occur at coffee breaks, during meals, and at poster sessions. It is also likely that many of the mentors attend their mentees’ talks or poster presentations and provide them with constructive feedback and advice. Based on post-meeting survey of participants, the vast majority of mentees and mentors rated the personal and professional value of participating in the meeting mentoring program as moderate to high. Many mentors and mentees reported that they have formed lasting relationships and remained in contact after the meeting.

Please apply for the ASLO Mentor/Mentee Program via the online form.

ASLO Multicultural Program 2023

Starting in 1990, the ASLO Multicultural Program has brought over 1,000 diverse undergraduate and graduate students to the annual ASLO meetings. The program features pre-conference dinner and field trip, meeting-mentors to help guide the students, a student-symposium, and various other activities. The goal of the program is to increase the human diversity of aquatic scientists. The program for 2023 will feature a special field trip taking advantage of the local environment around Palma de Mallorca.

This program is designed for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and does not include international students. The program supports the full cost of participation including travel, hotel, food, and meeting registration.

Please apply for the ASLO Multicultural Program via the online form.

Meeting Mentors Needed! 

If you are interested in being a meeting mentor, please email Dr. Ben Cuker at and include a short CV. This CV will be used to match mentors with students of similar interests. Mentors are expected to have a doctoral degree and to be available to work with their mentees for at least an hour each day of the meetings.

ASLO Multicultural Program mentors must arrive in Palma de Mallorca early enough to be available to meet their mentees on Sunday, 4 June, at 16:00, at the Puerto Rico Convention Center for an hour prior to the opening session. If you have any questions about the program or the requirements, please contact Benjamin Cuker,, ASLO Multicultural Program Director.

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