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Pay It Forward

Wednesday, July 8, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephanie Flores
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A growing number of PhD scientists are choosing to pursue careers in the biopharmaceutical industry. And yet, there is a limited amount of available information and career guidance beyond the bounds of academia. PhD and post-doctoral trainees are hungry for mentorship from individuals knowledgeable about the industry from their academic programs and from professional organizations. 

CASSS members, with extensive experience in the industry, often express a desire to maintain ties with academia – in part as an aspiration to give back to their own field; but also, to help build the next generation of industry scientists. 

While many view mentorship as a one-way street where the mentor gives of their knowledge and time while the mentee reaps the rewards; this assumption fails to take into account the considerable value the mentee contributes to the relationship. Mentees often bring fresh perspectives, ideas and approaches. Seasoned veterans can gain a lot from being asked why. Why is the current established way of doing things the way it is?

HBN has reached out to CASSS to again partner on a mentoring program.  Their student/post-doc leaders have done the legwork to build the LinkedIn group and program support.  CASSS benefits from mentorship programs that enhance our visibility and encourage young scientists to join our community.

Mentors and mentees will be matched on mutual interests and feedback from a preliminary informational chat.  We ask that mentors be able to commit 1-2 hours per month (for 3 months) to meet, either in person (when possible) or virtually with the mentee.  

How do I get started?

  • Update your LinkedIn profile
  • Email CASSS board member Mark Schenerman (, indicating your interest. Don't forget to provide your name and contact information!
  • Check out the HBN Mentor Match website for more information, mentor expectations, and tips on mentoring
  • The program coordinator will contact you to confirm your participation and will provide further instructions.

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