RSA/PDA Mentorship Program

In 2021, the Research Scientist Association (RSA) launched a mentorship program in conjunction with the Post Doc Association (PDA), whereby Research Scientists provide mentorship to Postdoctoral researchers and Research Associates, prioritizing underrepresented and minority groups. This initiative falls under the umbrella of the RSA’s mission to promote diversity and inclusion within the Harvard Chan community and to support initiatives that will diversify our Research Scientist community.

The goals of the RSA/PDA Mentorship Program are the following:

  • Give Research Scientists the opportunity to provide mentorship to Postdoctoral researchers & Research Associates (Senior Postdoctoral researchers)
  • Give Postdoctoral researchers and Research Associates the opportunity to get additional mentors with whom to discuss career development goals, get advice on time/project management, gain knowledge about school facilities, etc.

If you are a Research Scientist interested in volunteering to serve as a mentor for a postdoctoral researcher or a Research Associate, please complete the form below:

RS Mentor Volunteer Form

Resources and guidance on fostering a productive mentor-mentee relationship:

Inaugural Mentor List (2020-2021)

Mentor Department
Rachel Grashow Environmental Health
Kerry Ivey Nutrition
Kassandra Munger Nutrition
Mesfin A. Bekalu Social and Behavioral Sciences
Kana Wu Nutrition
Gurol Tuncman Molecular Metabolism
Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska Environmental Health
Selina Bopp Immunity and Infectious Diseases
Ronald Panganiban Environmental Health

RSA/PDA Mentorship Program contact: Jeremy Furtado at