Here's information to help you prepare for the DC so that you can make the most of it.
You are expected to attend the entire DC. Be sure to be on time for
the "Welcome and Introductions" Sunday morning, and be prepared to
introduce yourself. You'll benefit from getting to know the other
You can find the mentor you've been paired with on
the program schedule. We'd strongly encourage you
to contact them before AAAI. You may also consider asking if they
would like a copy of your slides or other reference material about
your project. However, please don't be discouraged if your mentor
can't get back to you before the consortium; they may be traveling.
We've tried to make sure that the mentor you've been paired with is familiar with your topic area. That said, your mentor can provide you with advice on a variety of other areas besides the details of your thesis, including academic life, job search questions, work/life balance, and career paths. So take advantage of all they have to offer!