The Social Scientist

Virtual one-on-one mentorship for the STEM community



Evolving the Idea of Mentorship

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We are a community of mentors dedicated to STEM professional development. We aim to break down barriers to support diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM. With our virtual platform and global mentors, we provide guidance to facilitate opportunities in our fields, from students to CEOs.

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

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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. Our careers are shaped by a community of mentors and peers.


The goals for this initiative are:

  • To create an engaging and open atmosphere in order to expand access to STEM education

  • To strengthen and diversify the STEM fields

  • To amplify underrepresented and marginalized voices within STEM

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


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.

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

Amanda Chilaka


The Social Scientist publications

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Click on the linked icons below to see our work!

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