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Monday, April 01, 2019 09:15 AM
Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program

Scholars are paired with industry mentors to learn about career opportunities in industry and receive career development coaching. As part of the Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program (SMDP) program, Scholars and their mentors create personalized mentoring plans, which they implement over the course of the year following the training session. The mentor-mentee teams communicate regularly by telephone and email, aided by ICPD staff and the internet-based SMDP Mentoring Portal.

Both year-long programs begin with a 5-day training session. Participants also attend a major industry conference.

Scientist Mentoring and Diversity Program (SMDP)

The career mentoring program pairs ethnically diverse post baccalaureate and graduate students with mentors who work at biotech and medtech companies.

With their mentors, SMDP Scholars attend a training session to learn about career opportunities in industry, receive career development coaching and attend a major industry conference.

For one year after the training session, SMDP Scholars carry out a personalized mentoring plan which helps to prepare them for industry careers.


Extensive exposure to the medical device or biotechnology industries
Career guidance
All expenses paid to participate in the program
One year of mentoring from an industry executive
5-day training session including participation in either:

SMDP Biotech, June 1–5 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, PA
SMDP MedTech, Sept. 21–25 AdvaMed: The MedTech Conference in Boston, MA

Application deadline for both Programs: April 1, 2019

Ethnically diverse university students and recent graduates in technical fields are invited to apply (Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans and American Indians).  To qualify, applicants must be interested in a career in biotechnology, medical technology or consumer healthcare industries and seek to receive career mentoring and training from industry leaders.  

Interested candidates are invited to apply online.  Successful student applicants will receive fellowships to attend one of the programs and virtually all expenses for the one-year SMDP are covered.  Now accepting applications.  Special consideration is given to how many weeks prior to the April 1, 2019 deadline students apply.

Apply by April 1st
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