WHPC Mentoring Programme

Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) is delighted to announce that we are launching our first year-round mentoring programme, providing a framework for women around the world to provide a receive mentorship in the HPC space. We have provided mentoring for early career presenters at the WHPC workshops held at the ISC High Performance and Supercomputing conferences, but we have known for some time that this does not go far enough.

The WHPC Mentoring Programme is a robust mentoring programme connecting women from around the world with mentorship and support that will help them to achieve their full potential as HPC professionals. This will primarily be a professionals network as there are many schemes providing mentoring programmes for students in universities and at major conferences such as the annual Supercomputing conference series. However, where appropriate the mentoring programme will be open to students as well (for example when the host organization does not provide an appropriate scheme or HPC related mentor).

How the WHPC Mentoring Programme Works

After participating in the WHPC mentoring programme, attendees will…

Develop a network of awesome WHPC members that can share their knowledge and expertise, and have the opportunity to continue being a mentor or receiving mentoring even beyond the end of their formal engagement with the WHPC mentoring programme. Mentoring, either as a mentor or as a mentee, is all about ideas: learning about new ways of approaching problems and being open to new ideas and ways of thinking.

Program duration

The WHPC mentoring programme will be open 3 times a year and will last for 4 months. During the prescribed mentoring programme, both mentors and mentees will receive training on how to make the most of mentoring, as well as the opportunity to participate in webinars on key skills. Mentoring will be provided in both one-to-one and in groups, typically consisting of 3 people from different organizations and career-levels. Each formal mentor-mentee engagement session lasts for 4 months. We accept mentor/mentee applications year long and we will pool you into the next cohort. Sign up to be a mentor/mentee here.

If you aren’t sure if you are qualified to be a mentor, don’t worry! The very fact that you are asking that question means that you are! And remember, all mentors and mentees will receive training before you meet your mentoring group for the very first time.

Benefits of being a mentor

  • Develop professional relationships
  • Enhance peer recognition
  • Use your experience in HPC, making it available to new HPC professionals
  • Broaden your understanding of HPC by listening to what others are working on
  • Enable you to practice and grow your interpersonal skills
  • Provide personal satisfaction through supporting others and helping them to achieve their full potential as HPC professionals

Benefits of being a mentee

  • A mentor will be an independent voice, outside your direct sphere of activity. You can bounce ideas off them without fear of comeback
  • Receive impartial professional development advice and encouragement
  • A mentor can provide guidance on areas you are unfamiliar with

WHPC’s mentoring programme will provide webinars on a wide range of topics including 

  • Resume writing and self-promotion
  • Book club – reading selected useful material
  • Networking
  • Discuss workplace issues/biases/navigating through confrontation
  • Continuous learning opportunities
  • Participate in WHPC webinars and discuss in breakout sessions
  • Workshops to identify mentees’ individual signature strengths

Please feel free to share your questions/comments/feedback with WHPC Mentoring Programme Director, Sarvani Chadalapaka (schadalapaka at ucmerced dot edu) or WHPC Chair, Toni Collis (toni at womeninhpc dot org)

The first round of the WHPc mentoring programme is currently closed to new members. However, if you would like to participate in future mentoring programmes, whether as a mentor or a mentee, please register your interest below.

FAQ

The answers provided to these FAQs are general guidelines, but we understand that there might be exceptional cases. For any further questions/concerns, please reach out to Sarvani Chadalapaka (schadalapaka at ucmerced dot edu) or WHPC Chair, Toni Collis (toni at womeninhpc dot org).

Important dates:

  • Current Cohort: June 2019 – September 2019 (Accepting Applications. Deadline to fill mentor/mentee surveys 24th May 2019 local time). 
  • Next Cohort: October 2019 – January 2020
  • Important Dates for Current Cohort:
  • Mentor Welcome Session: 04 June 2019 (9 am PT)
  • Mentee Welcome Session: 04 June 2019(10 am PT)
  • Webinar Series: Alternate Tuesdays: Starting 11 June 2019 – 17 September 2019

I have filled out mentor/mentee pre-application form, what next?

If you completed the pre-application before 1 May 2019, you should have received a mentor/mentee survey form by this point. If you completed the pre-application after this date you will receive the survey from us about 6 weeks before the next cohort is due to start.

What is the mentor/mentee survey?

Mentor/mentee survey forms help us match you with mentors/mentees as best as possible. We will try and match as many people as possible during this round, but please be aware that there is a possibility that we may not be able to match everyone. Anyone that we are unable to match in this round will be given the highest priority in the next round.

I have filled out mentor/mentee pre-application form, do I still need to fill out mentor/mentee form?

Yes you do! Mentor/mentee survey forms help us match you with mentors/mentees as best as possible. We will try and match as many people as possible during this round, but please be aware that there is a possibility that we may not be able to match everyone. Anyone that we are unable to match in this round will be given the highest priority in the next round.

Where can I find mentor/mentee survey forms?

If you have filled out the pre-application form, you should have received an email with mentor/mentee surveys. If you filled out the pre-application form but still haven’t received mentor/mentee surveys, please contact  Sarvani Chadalapaka (schadalapaka at ucmerced dot edu).

If I have to skip one/two bi-weekly(once every two weeks) meetings during the course of the programme, am I still eligible to apply for the program?

If your schedule does not permit one/two meetings with your mentor/mentee and/or if you have to reschedule, it is still okay to apply for the program. Please be sure to communicate your prior commitments with your mentor/mentee and find a work-around. However, if you think you are likely to miss more than 2 meetings , then we highly encourage you to wait to apply for the next cohort or when you are more likely to make this commitment.

I have filled out mentor/mentee survey form, what next?

You should receive a welcome-packet in a few weeks after filling out mentor/mentee survey forms with further steps of the process.