April 4, 2023

Grassroots Mentee’s Network

Grassroots Mentee's Network is a part of UNE that connects relocated scholars to each other, in order to provide advice and exchange about navigating new cultures and academic environments.

What do we do?

This initiative aspires to help scholars establish a public forum where members can ask questions, share experiences, and get support from a larger community of peers. Additionally, the network will offer online resources such as news about upcoming events related to UNE mentees. Through this network, relocated scholars are also able to discuss their current academic work within the interdisciplinary PHILAPS research seminar.

What is the PHILAPS research seminar?

The interdisciplinary PHILAPS seminar focuses on the humanities and social sciences and serves as an environment for emerging and mid-career scholars to debate drafts of research papers. In an informal setting, PHILAPS provides a venue for academics to discuss ideas and exchange comments on ongoing research. The seminars are usually held every three weeks and allow researchers from multiple fields to present their work. These meetings are designed specifically for relocated researchers who may face additional hurdles in maintaining academic communication. PHILAPS facilitates collaboration between researchers who would not have had the opportunity to meet before. Conversations in these multidisciplinary seminars tend to be more casual than in standard academic contexts such as lectures or conference presentations. This allows participants to connect with each other’s ideas without feeling obligated to adhere to a rigid structure or format. As a result, these conversations might yield surprising insights and connections across topics that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Participants can enhance their academic writing skills by attending these seminars and witnessing how others present their work and obtain suggestions. The participation of professionals from many disciplines provides excellent guidance on research methodologies and strategies, which is especially advantageous for emerging researchers. Overall, this initiative focused on the humanities and social sciences provides a chance for relocated scholars of all levels of experience to interact while obtaining significant insight into new perspectives on their fields of study.

How to get in touch?

You can contact the Grassroots Mentee’s Network via this email address.