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2013 Annual Meeting: Pilot Mentoring Program

Shadowing Program

AFS is now accepting applications from currently enrolled students who want to participate in a mentorship/shadowing program during the 2013 annual meeting. The program will pair students with established scholars based on similarities in interest, facilitating intellectual exchanges with the hope that these will lead toward future mentoring relationships. Students and their mentors will spend approximately half a day together at some point during the meeting, during which time each pair can discuss the student’s goals and interests, and the mentor can offer personalized advice for navigating the field. Activities during this time will be at the mentor’s discretion, but they may include attending sessions together, meeting for a meal, or introducing the student to some of the mentor’s colleagues. Students are encouraged, though not required, to maintain contact with their mentor after the meeting.

The program is open to all students who are members of AFS and who are attending the 2013 annual meeting. There will be a maximum of 20 student participants. If accepted, students must commit to preparing for the shadowing by doing research on their assigned mentor and on potential topics of discussion. To apply, students should write a one-page letter outlining their broad professional goals, research interests, and desired outcomes of the shadowing experience. Students may request a potential mentor in their letter of application; however, mentors will be chosen based on availability and at the discretion of the mentorship committee. Students should send the letter of application, along with a current CV, to Lisa Gabbert at Applications are due by September 10, 2013.

Lunch with JAF Editor 

Mystified or stymied by the publication process? Not sure how to turn a research paper into a journal article? Just want to get to know a real-life editor? Well, AFS is offering students a chance to have lunch with Jim Leary, current co-editor of the Journal of American Folklore, during the 2013 annual meeting in Providence, RI. The lunch will take place during the 12:15–2:00 slot on Wednesday, October 16. To take advantage of this great opportunity to meet and chat with one of the editors of the discipline’s flagship journal, please email Carolyn Ware at Only five spots are available and they will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students may not participate in both the lunch and the shadowing program.

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