Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Biotechnology (SMDP Biotech)

Orientation calls
Scholars and Mentors attend a 45-minute orientation web meeting to be held on the following dates:

Sept 10th, 2020 at 2pm EST

Sept 10th, 2020 at 3pm EST
* A meeting link will be sent to you prior to the meeting

Submit your photo and bio
Scholars and mentors, if you have not already sent us your biography and photo, please email these items to Dustie Savage at

The biography should be a two-paragraph professional introduction written in 3rd person. It outlines your career background, education, and any information you would like your mentor/mentee to know about you. Feel free to include one line about your personal interests/hobbies.

The photo should be a jpg of your head and shoulders only, with a plain background behind you.

Schedule and Logistics
SMDP Training Session: Scholars and Mentors will attend a virtual SMDP Biotech training session via web conference, 7:30-2:30pm PST, Sept 20th and 21st. Details for your participation will be sent to you prior to the event.

The SMDP Portal: Used to manage your mentoring plan and access ongoing career training materials. A profile is created for all SMDP participants, so you  can log on to connect with other Scholars, Mentors and company representatives. You'll receive your username and password for the SMDP Mentoring Portal by email prior to the SMDP Biotech training session.

An orientation for the SMDP Portal will also be provided during the SMDP Biotech training session.

Personalized Mentoring Plan: As part of the SMDP training session Scholars will complete a personalized mentoring plan with the help of their mentors. The mentoring plan is created on the SMDP portal and can be reviewed/edited online.

SMDP Mentorship:
Mentee/Mentee pairing will be announced during the virtual SMDP Biotech training session on Sunday, Sept 20th. Each SMDP Biotech Scholar is paired with an industry mentor and will receive one year of mentoring. The SMDP biotech Mentorship period begins Sept 20, 2020 and continues until Sept 20, 2021.

Mentoring Updates: Scholars meet virtually with mentors for at least one hour per month. Following each monthly mentoring meeting, Scholars submit a mentoring update on the SMDP Portal.

Weekly Mentor Moment: As part of their monthly mentoring meetings Scholars and Mentors select and discuss a recent Mentor Moment topic A new Mentor Moment is added to the SMDP each week on Wednesdays.

In Person Networking, Reception & Site Visit: For Scholars and Mentors June 13-14, 2021 in Boston, MA

The BIO Intl Convention: Scholars and Mentors will be registered to attend BIO, June 14-16, 2021 in Boston, MA. You do NOT need to contact BIO for this. Your registraiton information will be provided closer to the date of the Convention.

Have a question?
Contact Dustie Savage at:

Contact Elisabeth Valerio at:

Thanks to our sponsors

AstraZeneca Johnson & Johnson MD&D Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies Amgen Johnson & Johnson Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J
Pfizer The MedTech Conference ICPD Incyte
Abbott Merck Medtronic Baxter Genentech
Boston Scientific Dennis & LInda Fenton Edwards Lifesciences B. Braun Medical, Inc.