The Social Scientist

Virtual one-on-one mentorship for the STEM community



How it Works

The Hard Truths

about the STEM Fields

  • Many of us lack supportive and constructive mentorship

  • Fields in STEM are very segregated, making it troublesome to identify the best career path that fits your interests

  • Networking is challenging and can be impersonal 

  • It is difficult to perceive the work atmosphere within a field or further department/sectors

  • Take a look at our awesome STEM professionals on our Meet the Mentors page. If you are interested in a specific field, topic or location, please use the search bar above. 

  • When you have found a mentor you are interested in contacting, send a direct message on their Bio Page.

  • You will be contacted to set up a time for your informal talk (phone/chat platform or email conversation).

  • Ask the questions that will be beneficial for your interests, including:  

Find Mentorship from

our STEM Professionals

We aim to break down barriers for STEM career development

and open opportunities to all those interested

We provide mentorship and enlist volunteers regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic background and gender identity 

  • Atmosphere

  • Field

  • Career Tract

  • Position

  • Career Opportunities

  • Find long-lasting mentorship to facilitate opportunities in STEM​.

Inspiration for this Initiative

Hi! My name is Danielle and I'm the creator of The Social Scientist. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the neuroscience field. The idea for this initiative started when I was at my first conference as a postdoc and struggled to make any lasting contacts. Every career development event I have attended has emphasized the necessity to build up a network and need to spark a conversation with a stranger or cold call a possible mentor, which is not only time consuming but largely ineffective. What our fields are missing is a mentorship community; people willing to give an honest view of their career and what it took for them to get there. Many of the questions we have can really only be answered by people whom have gone through the process before.

We are here to help you navigate the STEM fields, supporting everyone from students to CEOs. Regardless of where you are in your career, we strive to provide an engaging community from our amazing group of mentors.


The goals for this initiative are:

  • To support all generations interested in the STEM fields 

  • To provide a global community of mentorship from enthusiastic volunteers that are readily available and willing to speak on their experiences

  • To create an engaging and open atmosphere

  • Mentors through the program would be volunteering their time to aid others and improve the community


Stories from our mentors

Our mentors share their own struggles with racism, sexism, mental health and abuse in the STEM Fields. By sharing these stories, it brings us closer as a community to support one another and progress our fields.

Bipolar while black: A constant struggle to appear in control ... pretty much everywhere

Amanda Chilaka


The Social Scientist in the media

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Click on the linked icons below to see our work!

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The Social Scientist    2018


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