Thomas Jefferson University

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Mentors in Motion

Mentors Walking

The Mentors-in-Motion (MiM) program is designed to facilitate networking and information exchange between Jefferson postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, faculty members and alumni while engaging in healthy physical activity (walking).

Each week a new theme is selected around professional development and well-being (i.e. mentoring, scientific publishing, networking etc.).

The session will start at the Jefferson Alumni Hall lobby. The participants will meet with 3-4 mentors and will have a chance to learn from their experience while enjoying a casual walk to and around Washington Square. This is a perfect opportunity to kick sedentary lifestyle habits while networking and learning in an informal environment. 

Menotrs in Park

This program was inspired by the “Walk with a Doc” organization, the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education Train the Trainers meeting 2016 and 2018 and an organized “Netwalking” event at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Graduate Research Education And Training (GREAT) Group annual meeting.

Note that though free, tickets are required and the number of participants per session is limited to allow for meaningful engagement between the mentors and mentees. There is no limit to the number of sessions you can register for.

Mentors in Hallway

All sessions will be held on Wednesdays at 4pm. In case of inclement weather we will walk along an indoor route.

The weekly themes for upcoming (and previous) sessions are listed below.

Upcoming Sessions

Stay tuned for our 2019 dates and topics


Previous Sessions

2018 sessions

September 12th- Grants and funds management
September 26th- “Natural” transitions in academia (from graduate student to tenure and everything in between)
October 3rd- The science of guilt
October 10th- Healthy life on a scientist’s schedule
October 17th- Mentor-Mentee relationships in the lab and beyond

2017 sessions

July 2017: Theme – Mentoring
July 12 – Tips on finding a good mentor (Kickoff session)
July 19 - Tips for being a good mentee
July 26– Tips for becoming a good mentor

August 2017: Theme – Careers in Academia
August 2 – Career in Academia: Tenure Track
August 9 - Career in Academia: Facility Management/ Research Track
August 16 - Career in Academia: Teaching Track/Higher Ed Administration
August 23 – Grant writing tips for student and postdoc fellowships
August 30 – Grant writing tips for K99/R00 or other K awards

September 2017: Theme – Careers in Private Sector
September 6 - Career in Industry: Biotech
September 13 - Career in Industry: Pharma
September 20- No meeting due to Rosh Hashana holiday
September 27 - Career in Non-Profit

October 2017: Theme – Life outside the lab
October 4 – Dual Career (or two body problem)
October 11 – Work Life Balance
October 18 – Starting a Family

Please check the Q&A page for additional information and contact Dr. Jenny Schneider with topic suggestions at