Poster design: Julia Wilkins
This blog post displays notions of mutual gratitude from participants of the WiMIR Mentoring Program in 2017. The program run between January and June 2017, with four remote sessions between mentee and mentor. Participants from North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand came from a wide range of disciplinary background in music and technology. With this gratitude wall we share some of the benefits participants have experienced. Thanks everyone who has contributed to this wall! Have fun reading!
Mentees’ gratitude towards mentors
Thank you for your time, enthusiasm, and intelligence in accompanying me in this important transition from student to independent researcher! Your words about the method of work, interdisciplinary connections, and trust for the job search are very important and I am so grateful to you for these. Thank you so much!
Hi A. I see this opportunity to thank you publicly. You have been a great mentor and I will always be thankful to you for your help in making such a huge transition. All those DSP sessions have now enhanced my confidence and I hope to contribute to the MIR domain in the near future. Of course, I am going to continue to have sessions. Thank you once again ! 🙂
I am grateful for my mentor to take time out of his schedule to connect with me.
Thank you very much for taking your time, and for sharing your resources generously!
Thank you so much for your time, patience, answering all my questions and sharing your experience with me. It was a great program and it helped me get a more complete picture of the life after the PhD.
Thanks so much for the sessions! It’s always been a pleasure to talk to you. Very important to have someone’s opinions from the outside world. I learned a lot!
I feel very grateful for being part of the WiMIR program and to have an awesome mentor. It passes on skills, shares experience, and simply doubles the joy during research.
Thank you very much for your time and effort. You helped me in being more secure and better understanding what I was moving towards to. It’s funny how it may seem a simple conversation, but actually has a great effect.
Thank you for generously sharing your time and experience, and for giving me the opportunity to air uncertain thoughts in a low-pressure environment.
Thank you so much for all the advice that you gave me about both my academia and industry path. I truly valued your input as I was choosing a summer internship, and I would not feel confident in my choice without your help. Your openness and willingness to help and discuss anything was much appreciated, and I also loved hearing about your experience at your job and past institutions. I look up to you in many ways an aspire to follow a similar path to yours. You inspire me to want to be a great mentor to another young woman someday! Thanks for everything!
Grateful for the support and the motivation!
Thank you for your great understanding regarding all the doubts and concerns I had (and still have) in relation to a career path and life. Our conversations have been a great comfort and I am very grateful for your advice.
Thanks for being open and helpful from the very beginning!
My mentor was kind, encouraging, and easy to talk to. I could not have asked for a better mentor!
Hi, very glad to know and talk with H. Though I could not go through all the tracks and had short term to discuss our subject, it was impressive enough.
Thank you so much for your encouragement and insight into ways to get more immersed in the field of MIR. You showed me how it’s done.
It was great to talk to him! He’s an outstanding researcher and above all he was very humble and nice in all the meetings. I would like to thank him very much for his patience and time!
Thank you for taking the time to engage me like a colleague, sharing your knowledge and giving support. Your aid was indispensable.
Thank you so much! Having an open mind and willingness to help people is so important and you have truly left an impact. I know now that I will always have someone I can look to for guidance and support and it really means a lot.
Thank you to all who organized this program! It was truly a great experience and allowed me to talk to someone working in the field first-hand.
Thank you to my mentor for helping me explore different career paths within the MIR field.
Mentors’ gratitude towards mentees
Dear mentee, thank you for being my mentee for the last six months. During the course of the mentoring program, we got to know each other bit by bit and found that we do have a lot in common. This made it really easy to talk and to me, our telephone conferences simply flew by. I watched you taking a number of important steps and hope that you continue your path. I hope that you did enjoy it as much as I did and that you could actually gain from the program as much as I did.
Thanks for participating! Keep the good work up 🙂
Thank you for sharing how your love of music performance informs your research!
Thank you for being such an enjoyable companion. I was surprised by how much I looked forward to our discussions, and how quickly they went by.
I am glad that you worked hard to complete an ISMIR manuscript even though it was not ready. Sometime you just need to press on.
Thanks for all of our conversations!
Thank you for different view points and the research directions in Indian classical music.
It was a pleasure talking to a young and motivated student following an academic path.
Thank you for your curiosity and interest!
I’m so glad this initiative exists. Thanks a ton, organizers!
Thank you for your commitment to MIR despite the lack of encouragement from several quarters!
Keep on rockin’ mentee! Keep connected to MIR, and enrich MIR with these new tools you are learning in a neighboring field.
Thank you for your trust and patience while I learn the ropes of being a more effective mentor!
Follow your dreams!
Thank you for the nice chat on the thrilling steps of learning playing music instruments and enjoying music in general. I hope I will see you some day fulfilling your musical dreams!
Thanks so much for the honest, open and good-hearted sharing of experiences, ideas, questions and the occasional doubt. I saw myself reflected on your hopes and concerns more than expected, and I believe the experience not only to improve as a mentor, but as a member of the MIR community too. Thanks!
Thank you for the opportunity to discuss your research and your aspiration on pursuing scientific inquires!
I look forward to mentoring future MIR researchers!