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Mentorship Program Open to Students at 2014 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, June 18, 2014  
Posted by: K. Berle
Shadowing Program

AFS is now accepting applications from currently enrolled students interested in participating in the shadowing program for the 2014 annual meeting. This program pairs students with established folklorists so that each may get to know the other better.

Please note that this is a small program and that mentors generally have busy schedules; students and their mentors will spend a minimum of half a day together sometime during the meeting for the purposes of facilitating connections, exchanging ideas, and having conversations. Proposed activities are at the mentor’s discretion, but potentially include attending meeting sessions together, a breakfast, coffee, or lunch date, introductions and conversations with other scholars the mentor knows of, discussion of the student's goals and interests, and personalized advice about the field. It is encouraged, but not required, that mentees stay in touch with their mentors and continue to use them as a resource beyond the meeting. Students may suggest a potential mentor in their letter of application if they wish but should not expect to be paired with someone specifically. Mentors may or may not share the exact interests of applicants; rather, mentors are chosen based on availability, potential overlap of interests, and willingness to work with students

The program is open to any student who is a member of AFS and who is attending the 2014 annual meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 20. If accepted, students must commit to the program by doing background research on their mentor and attending the shadowing program in a well-informed manner. Applicants should send a one-page letter of inquiry outlining broad professional goals, research interests (if applicable), and what they hope to accomplish by participating in the shadowing program, and a CV to Lisa Gabbert at or Carolyn Ware at The deadline for letters of inquiry is August 1.

Lunch with an Editor

This luncheon, hosted by AFS, allows participants an opportunity to spend time during a lunch period of the annual meeting with Michael Dylan Foster, editor of the Journal of Folklore Research. Spots for this program are very limited and participants will be selected with an eye towards diverse institutional representation.To apply, contact Lisa Gabbert at or Carolyn Ware at

Students may apply for both programs, but will only be accepted to one.

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