Faculty Mentoring Lab

Faculty Mentoring Lab is a professional development program that grants scholars the opportunity to delve deeper into laboratory sciences under the guidance of an experienced Georgia State University Faculty Mentor. Visiting scholars are paired with a Georgia State faculty to focus on laboratory experience, research techniques, and enhancement of knowledge in the sciences. Georgia State University faculty may also engage scholars beyond the classroom. Participants take part in cross-cultural experiences such as sporting and cultural events, visits to historical sites, and possible travel within Georgia and across the United States. Additionally, scholars have the opportunity to enhance their English language proficiency through the Intensive English Program and individual/group tutoring sessions.

Mentee’s Must

• Hold a master’s or doctorate degree. Postdoc and PhD students are welcomed.
• Be interested in learning about the U.S. educational system while collaborating on research and projects with Georgia State University faculty.
• Be interested in lab-based learning.
• Meet J-1 visa requirements, including English language proficiency and proof of financial support.


• Regular consultations with Georgia State University Faculty Mentor
• Scientific training
• Lab experience
• Learning about research techniques
• Access to the University Library and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Languages Enhancement 

Faculty Mentoring (FM) includes Intensive English Program course(s) focusing on writing and oral communication as well as weekly individual/group tutoring sessions. Program participants also have access to MANGO and the Center for International Resources and Collaborative Language Engagement (CIRCLE) making language-learning software available to the scholars.

Cross-Cultural Experiences

• Visits to Atlanta attractions using City PASSes (Ticket book) provided by the program
• Travel opportunities within the region and across the United States
• Weekly cultural events coordinated by the Intensive English Program
• Monthly Lunch and Learns with the Faculty Mentoring Program
• Access to numerous campus events

Program Coordination & Services 

Georgia State University’s Office of International Initiatives will coordinate the FM with the visiting scholar and/or the international institution’s relevant office and Georgia State host departments. Services include, but are not limited to:

• Coordination of admission and visa application (English language proficiency interviews, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) application and fees, and invitation letters).
• Georgia State University Faculty Mentor pairing.
• Logistical support for airport transportation.
• Orientation and farewell events.
• Mentor-Mentee agreement to outline and track goals, roles, and responsibilities.
• Mid-program evaluations and final program report to sponsoring institution.
• Access to university resources and services including Recreation Center; Library, CIRCLE, and Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Online Education (CETLOE).
• Intensive English Program course(s) and weekly individual/group tutoring sessions.
• CityPASS to explore Atlanta’s attractions including The Coca-Cola Museum, and the Georgia Aquarium.
 Please note: Airfare, visa fees, housing, and mandatory medical insurance ore not included.

Program Cost & Duration 

Cost varies based on the scholar’s length of stay and English courses. Scholar’s can estimate the cost using this online tool. For more information, please contact [email protected].

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