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The Micro Mentoring Experience (MiME) program is a new program sponsored by SPS that will take place during SPS flagship conferences (ICASSP and ICIP) starting in 2023, in the context of the 75th anniversary celebrations of the society. This program aims to enhance the conference experience for first-time conference attendees and other society members that believe they can benefit from a short-time mentoring experience during the conferences.
This program intends to help mentees better enjoy the experience of a large conference, like ICASSP and ICIP. In such conferences, the technical program can be so overwhelming for first-time conference attendees, that they are unable to properly navigate it, and end up missing events and technical sessions that could greatly benefit their conference experience. Furthermore, the program will also provide an opportunity for mid-career researchers to connect with more experienced ones and get helpful insights about career development and their research topics. For experienced researchers, this could be an interesting venue to find prospective students and new candidates for open positions.
The program is intended to take place during SPS flagship conferences, where the mentees will have the opportunity to meet the assigned mentors and discuss the most interesting way to enjoy all the events and technical sessions of the conference. Mentors and mentees are invited to experience the conference together, eventually sharing meals and participating together in technical sessions, plenaries, and/or social events.
The mentor role is assigned to experienced researchers willing to share their knowledge and know-how during the conferences. The mentor is expected to advise their mentees on how to choose the technical sessions, plenaries, social and technical events which they believe the mentee would benefit the most by attending. Additionally, in some cases, the mentor can help the mentee to better introduce themselves to peers and how to behave during networking opportunities.
In the case where the mentee is a mid-career researcher, the mentor is invited to help the mentee to connect with relevant players in their research area and facilitate connections that can be useful for the mentee.
The mentor can also take the opportunity to use the program to find prospective students and new candidates for open positions in their company or research centers and universities.
The commitment of the mentor to the program is restricted to the duration of the conference (and one call with the mentee prior to the beginning of the conference). Any additional interaction or long-term commitment with the mentee is optional and should be decided between the two parties.
The mentee role is assigned to first-time attendees of the conferences that have little or no experience in navigating the technical and social program of the conference. The mentee role can also be assigned to other conference attendees that, although have already participated in such conferences, believe they can better explore the conference program if assisted by a mentor. Finally, other attendees can apply for the mentee role if they believe a mentor could assist advance their careers and visibility in the signal processing society, by giving technical and career advice and introducing them to other relevant players in their research areas.
A mentee can also be a researcher looking for a new position, work, or internship opportunity that believes the connection with a mentor during the conference will help advance their career.
The application process starts with the conference registration. In the conference registration form the prospective participants should answer the question:
The organizers will then contact the prospective participants and request additional information. The requested information shall include the following:
Whenever there are not enough participants in one of the roles to promote adequate pairings, the participants will be selected based on the following criteria:
The selection of the participants will be made according to the received information.
The applications will be evaluated by the MiME steering committee, part of the Educational Community Committee of the Education Board.
To improve the program effectiveness, Mentors and Mentees are invited to participate in three meetings:
|Early Conference Registration (complete the registration form)
|22 February 2024
|Participants willing to participate in the MiME program should register in the conference by this date
|25 February 2024
|Prospective participants will be contacted to provide additional information
|1 March 2024
|Deadline to provide the requested information
|10 March 2024
|Participants will be notified about their acceptance in the MiME program and their roles assignment
|18 March 2024
|Mentors and Mentees are expected to meet
|Prior to 31 March 2024
|Participants Meet for the MiME Breakfast Event during ICASSP 2024
|15 and 17 April 2024
|Participants are invited to provide feedback about the program
|29 April 2024
|Participants receive a certificate of participation in the program
|3 May 2024
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