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OAS Symposium 2022 – Mentorship Program

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The Ontario Archaeological Society Outreach Committee is delighted to announce the 2022 Mentorship Program, planned in coordination with the 2022 Symposium Planning Committee. The Mentorship Program is a new initiative with the aim of connecting archaeology students and other emerging professionals (mentees) with more established industry and academic professional archaeologists (mentors). By providing your information below, the Outreach Committee will use this information to coordinate mentor/mentee pairings and connect you with an archaeologist with similar professional interests. We will also provide tips and guidance on how you can have a successful meeting at the 2022 OAS Symposium in Hamilton. When and where that meeting happens during the Symposium will be left up to the both of you!

It has been three years now since our last in-person symposium and for students and emerging professionals, attending a symposium can be a daunting affair, especially now. It can make a major difference to have even one friendly face in the crowd. The OAS wants to help everyone catch up and break the ice after this long hiatus.


A mentor does not have to be someone who has spent their life in the trenches but you have taken a few steps in your career and have several seasons of wear on your trowel (or lost a few). More importantly, you are willing to be an open book and are want to share the experience, lessons, and maybe even mistakes of your career.


Are you a student trying to figure out your next step in your academic career after undergrad/graduate school, an emerging professional trying to determine which Cultural Resource Management company you should start your career with, or just someone trying to figure out their next career steps? Become a mentee and let us help! All we ask is that you give thought to your career goals and plans before the symposium and are open to learn from and reflect on the experiences and lessons of a more weather-worn archaeologist.                                                           


Please complete the mentorship registration by October 21st, 2022 (link provided in symposium registration confirmation). Spaces for the Mentorship Program are limited and are restricted by the availability of suitable mentor/mentees. We will do our utmost to match as many people up as possible but pairings are not guaranteed. Preference will be given to those who have signed up earlier. You do not need to be an OAS Member to sign-up, but you need to be registered for the Symposium.

Afterwards, you will be provided with the contact information of your selected mentor/mentee by October 24th, 2022 along with advice regarding what to do before, during, and after the symposium. The introductions as well as the time and nature of the meeting is up to you and your mentee/mentor.


Have any questions? Reach out to us at outreach@ontarioarchaeology.org!