We are pleased to announce a new initiative by the LSA Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics (COSWL): “pop-up mentoring” events, to take place at several conferences in Spring 2018. In brief, these will be 2-hour events in which anyone who wants mentoring on a variety of topics can connect with established people in the field for help.

This program is based on a successful “speed mentoring” program that has been run for many years by the American Psychosomatic Society, and is modeled after similar events organized by Women in Cognitive Science (WiCS). There are several ground rules for this program:

  1. This is a one-time session (i.e., the mentor is not signing on for a longer-term mentoring relationship);
  2. The mentee should come with a specific question or two to guide the session and make the most of it;
  3. The mentee should send the mentor some information about themselves and their question(s) ahead of time, but not expect that the mentor will have read this information prior to the meeting.

If you are interested in being a mentor, please complete the Mentor signup form

If you are interested in being mentored, please complete the Mentee signup form

Additional information for mentors and mentees can be found here

Once mentors are secured, mentors and mentees will be matched based on general interest area by a PUM coordinator.

PUM events are open to all, regardless of gender or career stage! 


Here is a list of past and upcoming conferences that are hosting pop-up mentoring events:

  • SALT 29 (UCLA, May 17-19, 2019)
  • WECOL (Fresno State, November 30-December 2, 2018)
  • NWAV (NYU, October 18-21)
  • NELS (Cornell University, October 5-7, 2018)
  • SuB (Barcelona, September 5-7, 2018)
  • CGG (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, May 30-June 1, 2018)
  • SALT (MIT, May 18-20, 2018)
  • FASL (Stanford, May 4-6, 2018)
  • WCCFL (UCLA, April 20-22, 2018)
  • SAIL/WSCLA (University of Ottawa, April 13-15, 2018)
  • WSS9 (Queens College, April 4-7, 2018)

Please contact COSWL member Ivona Kučerová (ivona@alum.mit.edu) if you’re interested in hosting a pop-up mentoring event at your next conference, and COSWL member Jessica Rett (rett@ucla.edu) for further information about becoming a mentor or mentee, and they will coordinate with the rest of our PUM team. Additional information for conference organizers can be found here

If you’re curious about other aspects of academic mentoring — how to do it, why to do it, etc — COSWL recommends these brochures from Rutgers Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics.