International Plant & Animal Genome Conference / PAG 32 • January 10-15, 2025  •  San Diego, CA, USA

The Mentor Program at PAG 31

Thank you to all who participated in our second annual PAG Mentoring Program at PAG 31. We are grateful to the Mentor Program Organizing Committee (Victoria Carollo Blake, Monica Munoz-Torres, Jennifer Fanning ) for making this program such a success. 

In total, we had 47 First-Timers, and 28 Mentors. In addition to receiving valuable guidance from their mentor, all in attendance at the Mentor Breakfast also received some fun PAG gifts, and many chose to join the VIP Mentor table at the banquet.

We plan to expand and continue the program next year, so please consider being a mentor to share your knowledge and experience of navigating PAG with someone attending for the first time, and refer any first-time attendees to program.

About the Program

Designed to assist novice conference attendees, students, and early career scientists, mentees will be matched with an experienced scientist to help them navigate the conference, network with those in their field of study, and provide awareness of job opportunities.

The mentor-mentee match will be primarily based on the area of research and the geographic location/time zone of participants. PAG will solicit applications and match participants, provide guidance and recognition onsite at the conference, and provide a time/place for a meetup session. 

See below for eligibility information and application procedure.

Note: Every effort will be made to match mentees with an appropriate mentor. However, due to the availability of participants, we are unable to guarantee this.

Information for the PAG 32 program will be available September 2024.

Information for PAG Mentors

A PAG mentor is generally a more-experienced scientist who passes on their knowledge, tips and skills to a less-experienced scientist or student. This program gives mentors the opportunity to connect with enthusiastic young scientists and other like-minded mentors. PAG Mentors will gain valuable skills in cross-cultural communication, group facilitation and networking with the next generation of scientists, while helping the scientific community.


  • You must be registered to attend PAG
  • You must have attended at least three PAG meetings
  • You must be attending PAG through Tuesday 

As Mentors, you will be encouraged to:

  • Be available to connect with your First-timer at least one week before the meeting (via phone or zoom) to become familiar with the individual, learn about their goals, convey some helpful hints, etc.
  • Meet your First-timer at the conference meetup session, to answer any questions and/or discuss conference experiences
  • Introduce your First-timer to your colleagues at the conference


Information for First-Timers

Navigating an international science meeting comes with challenges and expectations. The PAG Mentor Program provides an informal process to support early career scientists with navigating the conference, discussing career paths, and meeting more experienced scientists.


  • You must be registered to attend PAG
  • This should be your first time attending a PAG meeting

As First-timer, you will be encouraged to:

  • Contact your PAG Mentor at least one week before the meeting to discuss your goals for the meeting, ask logistical questions, etc.
  • Meet your PAG Mentor at the conference meetup session, to discuss any questions and/or conference experiences
  • Respect the time your PAG Mentor has dedicated for you

Recognition and On-site Events

Participants in the program will be recognized in the Plenary slideshow slides which are also run at the start of workshop sessions, and at the Final Banquet. Additional recognition will be provided to identify program participants.

There will be meetup session onsite at the conference for Mentors and Mentees to meet and network with others in the program.

A few tables will be set aside near the front of the room at the Final Banquet for those in the program who wish to sit together. (A sign-up for this will be provided at the meetup session)


Application Procedure

PAG attendees who wish to participate in this program need to fill out the appropriate online application, and the PAG Mentor Program committee will match PAG Mentor Applicants with First-timers. Accpted and matched program participants will be notified by December 20.

Information for the PAG 32 program will be available September 2024.



PAG 31 Archives

Thank you to all who attended PAG 31!

Archives from our 2024 conference are linked below.

PAG Future Dates

PAG 32 - January 10-15, 2025

PAG 33 - January 9-14, 2026

PAG 34 - January 8-13, 2027

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