The WiCS-Canada Mentorship Award is designed to encourage established scientists of all genders to develop the research and publication skills of women graduate and undergraduate students in cognitive science. The award honours a Canadian Cognitive Scientist who has demonstrated sustained, effective mentorship of women students, who has also served as a research advisor or supervisor to one or more women students during the academic year immediately preceding the nomination, and for whom there is evidence of going over and above typical mentorship activities to support women students in cognitive science.
Building a research network is a particularly important investment for a woman’s career in academe as they may have less easy access to influential contacts, have fewer mentors, face greater professional isolation, and are less likely than men to speak with other faculty daily about their research (e.g., Lyness & Thompson, 2000; Morrison & Von Glinow, 1990; Ragins & Sundstrom, 1989). In addition, diverse research experiences and cross-lab collaborations can be beneficial for emerging researchers as they develop their own programs of research. Thus, WiCS-Canada offers a seed grant to junior scientists (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) based in Canada to help them foster a new research collaboration with a senior or mid-career scholar at another institution in Canada or elsewhere. Although only junior scientists who identify as women are eligible for this award, the collaborating senior scientist can be of any gender.