Have you thought about becoming a BSAS mentee? 

Making the transition from student to professional can be overwhelming, but a BSAS mentor can help you successfully navigate your way, as you take your first fledgling steps into the world of animal science.  Through sharing their extensive knowledge and experience, a BSAS mentor can help you achieve your goals more quickly and effectively than if working alone and build a network of expertise to draw on that can benefit both yourself and others. 

To learn more about the BSAS mentee scheme, click here.

Mentor Case Study – Sokratis Stergiadis

Sokratis Stergiadis has been a BSAS member since 2007, a Trustee since 2020 as well as the new Chair of the BSAS Stakeholder Committee and has also recently become a BSAS Mentor. His professional experience includes several teaching and research roles in animal science, and he has been an Associate Professor in Animal Science at the University of Reading since 2019. He previously held animal research-focussed roles at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute and Newcastle University. 

Sokratis first discovered the BSAS Mentor scheme via the Society’s member newsletter and felt it was the perfect fit, having been a mentor as part of his current and previous job roles, and in other professional societies. He finds mentoring very rewarding and sees it as an activity that allows both mentors and mentees to build essential skills and expertise for their personal development and career progression.  He believes that the BSAS Mentoring Scheme can assist in creating strong professional networks within the animal science community, which can work collectively to address the future challenges of the sector. 

‘Seeing our undergraduate students identifying gaps and planning professional development, increasing their confidence and achieving personal and career goals through the mentoring scheme, is among its most rewarding aspects and creates an excellent breeding ground for innovation.’