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Practicing Mentoring

YouTube video featuring 2009 PAESMEM awardee Jo Handelsman, from Yale University. Handelsman describes guidelines that she and her colleagues have developed to help scientists become better mentors. These include listening, asking questions, stating expectations, building independence, and looking at things from the perspective of the mentee or protégé. Good advice for scientists at all stages of their careers.

Professors Are Prejudiced Too

This article, published in the journal, Psycholgical Science, examined the willingness of professors to mentor prospective doctoral students. Here is the abstract:

Organizations Serving Diverse Communities

The American Institute of Biological Sciences has a compilation of organizations and programs serving diverse communities. Some of the contacts may be out of date but should be easily found online. 

2006 PAESMEM Position Paper

The 2005 PAESMEM awardees collaborated with a number of previous awardees on a white paper that encouraged various STEM funding agencies to implement policies and programs that focus on mentoring. The report's title is: "Mentoring for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Workforce Development and Lifelong Productivity: Success across the K through Grey Continuum."

As stated in the Executive Summary, “The strength of the scientific discovery and technological innovation enterprise is always built upon a foundation of mentoring.”

Math, Cars, and Rock n' Roll

Richard Tapia ('96) reflects on his career, and particularly on his experiences mentoring underrepresented students in STEM. 
Dr. Tapia, a mathematician from Rice Univerisity, recently received the 2014 Vannevar Bush Award for long-term leadership in STEM and for his many public service contributions.

Getting the Most out of Your Mentoring Relationships: A Handbook for Women in STEM

Mentorship practice has been part of the human experience since the Golden Age of Greece. Engaging with a mentor as a way to learn and achieve one's full potential is an ancient and respected practice. Getting the Most out of your Mentoring Relationships  overviews and gives perspectives on a variety of topics and  issues relating to being mentored in the diverse fields encompassed by science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are laid out in an easy-to-scan format.

Entry Point Internships for STEM Students with Disabilities

Entry Point is the signature program of the AAAS Project on Science, Technology, and Disability.  Entry Point identifies and recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities studying in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business for outstanding internship and co-op opportunities.

Since 1996, AAAS and Entry Point has created partnerships with NASA, IBM, Merck, Dow Chemical, Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, L’Oreal, as well as university based research programs seeking to diversify their pool of interns.

DIVERSITY PERSPECTIVES: A Collection of Opinion Articles on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

By the year 2020, minority students will account for 45% of the nation’s public high school graduates, up from 38% in 2009. For many colleges,this rapid growth confirms the urgency of planning for the next generation of diverse students. This limited edition collection of Chronicle opinion pieces provides multiple perspectives across higher education on some of the challenges surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

An "online source for sharing new findings and ideas about youth mentoring.  The goal of the Chronicle is to encourage active dialogue around evidence-based practice in youth mentoring in ways that improve the practice of youth mentoring."

MentorNet: The e-Mentoring Network Program for Diversity in Science and Engineering

A 2001 PAESMEM awardee, MentorNet is a social network for matching mentors with protégés. “MentorNet is the premiere and most experienced web-based e-mentoring program in the world. Every year MentorNet matches thousands of students, postdocs, and early career researchers in engineering and science on hundreds of campuses to mentors in the professions for one-on-one guided relationships.” The program has made over 30,000 matches since it began in 1997.