May SLM luncheon


Hello Stanford Postdocs and Graduate Students!

Parenting and Coffee event is canceled this month; instead, we invite you to join us at the next SLM luncheon, see below. Our regularly scheduled Parenting and Coffee event will resume in June.

Are you looking for mentorship as a parent or prospective parent, or looking to provide support and mentorship to your fellow parents? Parents in Biosciences, SURPAS family committee, and BioAIMS are co-hosting the next SLM luncheon Thursday, May 12!This will take the place of this month’s Parents in Biosciences coffee chat event. We will hold activities to engage postdocs and senior graduate students over (free!) lunch. This week’s conversation will focus on the joys & challenges of parental life.


WHAT: Free lunch + mentorship activities

WHEN: Thursday, May 12th 12:00-1:30 pm

WHERE: D-CORE (basement of Lane Library)



About the SLM Program:

SURPAS and BioAIMS have partnered to develop the Someone Like Me (SLM) mentorship program to support graduate students and postdocs, especially those from marginalized backgrounds or interested in building an inclusive academic community.

While much guided mentorship occurs during our early graduate career, the final years of graduate school and postdoc time lack structured guidance, relying on personal networks and a few mentors to help us find our career and life path. This lack of resources and guidance often leave us feeling isolated and confused. SLM aims to build a community where we fill these needs, through sharing our experiences (e.g., backgrounds, passions, life trajectories), resources (e.g., grant/fellowship applications, teaching/mentoring tips & opportunities, advices on careers and the forever-confusing Stanford Bureaucracy), and ideas (e.g., new DEI efforts, outreach). Our dream is that everyone, across all career stages and backgrounds, feels supported and belonged to science. Your presence is essential to SLM, as each of us constitutes and adds to the Stanford community. SLM is funded through the Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Fund (DIF) through Stanford VPGE.


For any concerns please contact


In solidarity,

Jingxun Chen, Julia Abitbol, Rodrigo Costa (Someone Like Me Planning Team)

Kattria van der Ploeg and Lucy Xie (SURPAS Family Committee)

Lindsey Meservey (Parents in Biosciences)