UPSS Mentoring Program

Underrepresented Philosophy of Science Scholars


A centerpiece of the UPSS initiative is the UPSS Mentoring Program, whose aim is to pair philosophy of science scholars from underrepresented groups with a senior mentor in the field.

This program is open to scholars at all levels who are looking for guidance on any aspect of their professional development in the philosophy of science. Here are some examples:

  • Are you an advanced undergraduate who is looking for guidance on applying to graduate programs in the philosophy of science?
  • Are you a beginning graduate student who is trying to decide whether to specialize in the philosophy of science?
  • Are you an advanced graduate student who is looking for advice on writing a dissertation in the philosophy of science, how to teach a philosophy of science course, or how to prepare your dossier for job applications in philosophy of science?
  • Are you interested in attending or presenting at the upcoming PSA meeting, and would like a mentor to help introduce you around the meeting, or give feedback on a draft of a contributed paper submission, or help you turn your accepted PSA paper into a successful talk?
  • Are you a beginning faculty member looking for advice on navigating new faculty issues, including publishing and preparing for tenure?
  • Would you like to learn more about how to improve your writing and how to avoid common mistakes that prevent junior scholars from getting published?
  • Are you working on a philosophy of science paper that could use some critical feedback from an expert?
  • Are you looking for advice on how to navigate academia as a member of an underrepresented group or just want to talk with others who have done the same?

 Please note that the UPSS Mentoring Initiative is a program restricted to scholars from underrepresented groups who are either currently in, or working towards, a professional career in the philosophy of science.  It is not intended as a general resource for non-philosophers of science to find author collaborations or consulting on topics related to philosophy of science. 

Our database contains over 75 scholars who have volunteered to be UPSS mentors. To request a mentor, just click the Request a Mentor button and include any information that you feel might be relevant in pairing you with a mentor who can best assist you.

We also welcome new volunteers to mentor. If you are interested in contributing to this initiative by becoming an UPSS mentor, please fill out the form under the Volunteer to Mentor button.

All mentees participating in the UPSS mentoring program will also be eligible to submit a paper for consideration in a special UPSS session at the PSA biennial meetings.