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AAG Career and Research Mentors

AAG members proposed the need for a mentoring program in a time when students and colleagues may have limited access to previous peer and professional contacts and mentors, while also facing new challenges to their education, research, and career. In response, the AAG is working to bring together career geographers and researchers volunteering their expertise with students, post-docs, or early career professionals seeking guidance for their careers and/or research. While this program is in response to the pandemic and the related disruption of activities, the availability of volunteer mentors also helps to serve any students and early career geographers with limited access to geography mentors and professional support.

Volunteer to Mentor

Find a Mentor

HOW DOES IT WORK? AAG members may volunteer to be a mentor by signing up online and providing information about their areas of expertise and interest. Students and early career geographers seeking a mentor can view the current list of volunteers and reach out through the provided contact information to start a dialogue. An active AAG membership is required for volunteer mentors only, not those seeking a mentor. All participants are expected to abide by the AAG’s Professional Conduct Policy.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES: The AAG encourages program participants to offer suggestions for regular virtual events (presentations, discussion forums, etc.) as well as any recommended resources to support the mentoring program community as we develop this new initiative. Please send suggestions to

Questions about the program? Contact us at For those seeking to answer specific or limited questions on a topic rather than find a mentor, try the AAG’s Ask a Geographer program.  For those interested in volunteering to assist teachers and schools at the K-12 level, check out the GeoMentors program.