Mentorship Program

Mentor Program

About the Program

The OTS Mentorship Program brings together a diverse group of passionate mentors and mentees to guide and inspire the next generation of oligo researchers.

Our community is filled with individuals from both academia and industry in a variety of research areas. Senior members have a wealth of experience to offer to junior scientists as they train to become the next leaders in the field of oligonucleotide therapeutics.

The goal of the Mentorship Program is to connect early career scientists in our community with established scientific professionals to support & encourage mentees in their career. Once matched, the mentor-mentee pair can take the experience in any direction they desire, including discussion of career goals, personal development, skill enhancement, networking, introductions, and more.

Launched in 2022, the OTS Mentorship Program has been met with great success and the society is thrilled to offer the program annually. Applications open each spring and a new cohort will begin each fall, with the goal of mentors and mentees meeting in person at the Annual Meeting.


Applications Open: March 20
Applications Close: April 30
Notification of Acceptance: by May 31
Matches Completed: early-mid August

Due to the level of interest, we cannot guarantee a mentorship pairing for every applicant.


  • Create a professional support network to help guide career goals and/or personal development
  • Gain insight from a professional further ahead of you in their career
  • Increase your insight in work experiences and your understanding of different approaches to navigating them 
  • Networking with other mentees and mentors in the field and the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships
  • Current OTS members at any stage of their career (BSc., Masters, PhD, etc.)
  • Any area of scientific study or focus is welcome, academic or industry
  • Strongly motivated individuals with a commitment to the field of oligonucleotides
  • A mentee can participate in a maximum of two cohorts
  • One meeting per month (minimum) with a senior member of OTS
  • Virtual career development and networking event(s)
  • Mentorship Program networking lunch during the OTS Annual Meeting
  • Annual Meeting registration fee discount
  • Potential travel grant support to the Annual Meeting
  • Availability to meet with mentee once a month to offer advice on various topics especially related to career development in the field of oligotherapeutics
  • Participation in the Mentorship Program networking lunch during the OTS Annual Meeting
  • Current member of OTS

Yes! We welcome you to participate as both a mentor and a mentee. Simply complete an application for both.