Early Researcher Mentoring

The RCDC@SIGGRAPH Early Researcher Mentorship Program aims to improve mentorship support for junior faculty/research scientists and PhD students in computer graphics. Our goal is to connect researchers with mentors who can provide guidance at key junctures in career development and help them advance their careers as budding researchers.

Through our program, we aim to provide upcoming graphics researchers with advice in the following areas:

  • Publishing research
  • Securing research funding/fellowships/internships
  • Finding and advising students
  • Managing deadlines
  • Managing collaborations
  • Graphics community service
  • Balancing research, teaching, and service
  • Securing jobs
  • Tenure-track, postdoc, and visiting positions
  • Interviewing skills

Program Structure

Coming soon!

For Mentees

As a mentees you should come with lots of questions to make the most out of the mentorship relationship. You should also feel free to connect with fellow mentees who are at a similar stage to you in their career, to help promote peer mentoring.

Discord channel for mentees: Coming soon!

Sign-up form: Coming soon!

For Mentors

Mentors are expected to be members of the graphics community one step ahead of their mentees. Junior faculty mentor PhD students and post-docs; mid-career faculty mentor junior faculty; and senior faculty mentor mid-career faculty. Mentors are paired with mentees to guide them in areas related to Computer Graphics research, service, and teaching.

Sign-up form: Coming soon!

Guidelines for mentors

  • Potential areas for discussion:
    • Research
      • Directions
      • Publication venues
      • Facilitating and managing collaborations
    • Funding
      • Opportunities
      • Grant writing
    • Service
      • Committee/editorial board invitation
    • Student/postdoc recruitment
    • Visibility
      • SIGGRAPH thesis fast-forward
    • Long-term career planning and guidance
    • Time management
    • Ethical and diplomatic issues
    • Graphics teaching materials