Research Mentoring Program

Attention Faculty and Graduate Student Members:
  • As an established researcher, have you been looking for a way to influence the next generation of researchers?
  • As a graduate student, have you been looking for a bit more guidance as you navigate higher education?
We have a solution for you!

The Research Council (RC) of SHAPE America is pleased to announce the Research Mentoring Program for graduate students. Recognizing that graduate students benefit from interacting with established scholars who share similar research interests. The program aims to pair graduate students with established scholars who share their research interests. By agreeing to participate in the program, mentors and mentees agree to: 

  • 1 - meet at the annual SHAPE America conference (when possible),
  • 2 - communicate via email or telephone approximately once per month throughout the year, and
  • 3 - discuss research-related topics. While the RC expects that the mentor will be able to provide guidance to the mentee, we also anticipate that mentors will benefit from the experience. Once paired, it is the responsibility of the mentee to initiate contacts with the assigned mentor.

Every attempt will be made to pair graduate students with faculty mentors who share similar research and career interests. Prior to participating in the program, graduate students will need to secure permission from their primary mentors at their home institutions. Recognizing that it is in the best interests of young scholars to have many mentors, it is believed that this program will provide an opportunity for graduate students to begin to network with other researchers external to their current institutions.

Interested Graduate Students

If you are interested in participating in the program, please complete the online application survey through the link below. We will acknowledge receipt of your completed application and contact you when we have paired you with a mentor.

Click here to fill out the online survey.  

Interested Faculty Members

Please email with your name, university and research area and we will work to pair you with a mentee.

2022 Council/Committee Application Form

Get Involved!

Please submit your application before the October 15 deadline.