Odyssey Program

Odyssey Program

SRAI is embarking on a new mentoring program and we are inviting you to participate. We are looking for you to help us pilot our new “Odyssey Program.

One of the great benefits of SRAI is the networking opportunity. We have incredible knowledge in our organization and pairing up our experienced members (mentors) with members who are new or seeking new skills in the field (mentees) gives us all the chance to grow.

How does this program work?

We’re glad you asked! The Odyssey Program’s pilot phase will be pairing up or grouping mentees and mentors for 12 months (or longer if mentor and mentee mutually decide to continue). Mentoring relationships may be structured as one-on-one or as small groups (~3-4), depending on expertise matches and interest. Members are welcome to communicate one-on-one (mentor to mentee or mentee to mentee) even if put into a small group. We would like mentees and mentors to connect throughout the year, scheduling at your pace. Someone from the Mentor Subcommittee will check in at least twice during the year and at the end of the program to see how the program worked for you and how we can refine it to be better next year.

Odyssey Program Applications

Submissions of Applications for Mentors and Mentees has now closed.

Program begins January 2020.


If you have questions about the program please email info@srainternational.org.

Who qualifies to be a mentee?

We are looking for people new to research administration, new to your role in research administration, or wanting to prepare for something new in research administration. If you need help with your current position or career path and feel like you could benefit from someone guiding you through the process of developing new skills, please consider applying.

Who qualifies to be a mentor?

We need experienced members willing to keep in contact with their mentees for a 12-month period. While the pace and forum to communicate is at the discretion of each pairing/group, mentors will be expected to lead by checking in to answer mentee questions and prompting discussion about their roles. As this is a pilot program, we will also rely on mentor feedback throughout the process so we can refine the program for next year. .