Hopkins Biotech Network Mentorship Match Program

Est. 2020

  • What is the program?

    A 3-month TRAINEE-RUN virtual mentorship program that helps Biomedical Post-Docs, PhD students, and Masters students at Johns Hopkins/UMBC learn about non-academic science careers through focused, one-on-one mentoring with an industry professional

  • Fall Cohort Runs from August- December

    Applications open mid August, close mid September (will get email notifying acceptance and LinkedIn invite), informational interviews and matching period will end early October, matches will be sent out and official 1-on-1 mentoring initiated by mentee will run from October- end of December

  • Spring Cohort Runs from January- July

    Applications open mid January, close mid February (will get email notifying acceptance and LinkedIn invite), informational interviews and matching period will end early March, matches will be sent out and official 1-on-1 mentoring initiated by mentee will run from March- end of June

Purpose and Value

Who can be mentees?

All Graduate-Level Trainees who are interested in Careers in the Biotech Industry and are affiliated with Johns Hopkins or UMBC

  • Postdoctoral Trainees
  • PhD Students (all years welcome to apply but 4th+ years have priority)
  • Masters' Students

Who are our mentors?

HBN has unique partnership with CASSS,  a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) professional scientific society made up of over 5,000 industry, academic and regulatory professionals.

Previous mentors have held positions at a variety of small and big biopharmaceutical companies and government institutes.

Our mentors have worked in fields such as: research and development, regulatory affairs, consulting, scientific communication, and public policy.

  1. 1

    Recruitment and Application Period

    1 month

    Applications open for PhD, Masters and Post Doctoral Trainees apply to be mentees, and CASSS members and other Biotech and Pharma professionals apply to be mentors

  2. 2

    Acceptance and Pre-Matching Period

    3 weeks

    Accepted trainees and mentors will be notified of acceptance and then accepted mentees will arrange 1-6 informational interviews with pool of mentors. At the end of the pre-matching period mentors and mentees will complete form about preferences for mentee-mentor match

  3. 3

    Mentor Mentee Match Period

    3 months

    Mentees will be matched with a mentor and for the next 3 months mentees will arrange 1-on-1 monthly meetings to achieve and discuss professional goals with their mentor

Large Community of Program Alumni

130+ Mentees and 90+ Mentors have participated over the past 3 years

Quality Mentorship

80% of mentees and mentors plan to continue to mentorship relationship beyond end of program

Average Cohort Size

30 Mentees and 30 Mentors

Positive Exit Survey Responses

90% of Mentees have had a positive experience and would recommend the program

"I enjoyed that the program was so open-ended to allow each participant to tailor their experience for their individual needs. The program allowed for a safe space to practice networking"

"I liked being able to connect with multiple mentors during the match program (I am still in touch with several!)"

"I love this program!! I've recommended it to every student in my department. It's been the most helpful thing for my transition away from academia."

For More Information Please Email Directors:

Nik Bachmann --- nbachma2@jhmi.edu

Pooja Hariharan --- phariha4@jhu.edu

Want to Start a Trainee-led Career Mentorship Program at Your Institution?

Check back in Early 2024 for official manuscript on program and pdf materials to use in your mentorship program!


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