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WEPAN Knowledge Center

The WEPAN Knowledge Center (WKC) provides a publicly accessible tool for accessing information related to women in STEM and a professional networking platform for registered users.

The goal of the WKC is to increase the number, scope, and effectiveness of initiatives to recruit, retain, and advance women in STEM. Excellent research on women in STEM exists. Unfortunately, publications are scattered across many journals and numerous disciplines, making it difficult for faculty, administrators and leaders to put research into practice.

Undergraduate Research Experiences for STEM Students: Successes, Challenges and Opportunities (February 2017)

Undergraduate research has a rich history, and many practicing researchers point to undergraduate research experiences (UREs) as crucial to their own career success. There are many ongoing efforts to improve undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education that focus on increasing the active engagement of students and decreasing traditional lecture-based teaching, and UREs have been proposed as a solution to these efforts and may be a key strategy for broadening participation in STEM.

The intentional mentor: Effective mentorship of undergraduate science students

The author of this paper, Julio Ramirez, is a 2009 PAESMEM recipient.

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:

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.

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 Some of the contacts may be out of date but should be easily found online. 

Million Women Mentors

"Million Women Mentors is an engagement campaign and national call to action that mobilizes corporations, government entities, non-profit and higher education groups, around the imperative of mentoring girls and young women in STEM fields."

Consider taking the "pledge", and check out the calendar of events, which includes several webinars during National Mentoring Month.

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.

Mentoring for Engineering Academia II

Proceedings of a 2007 workshop at the Banff International Research Station. Editors: Robert Gray, Sheila Hemami, Eve Riskin, Rabab Ward, Suzanne Brainard, Pamela Cosman, Norman Fortenberry, Janet Rutledge, Telle Whitney.

Robert Gray is a 2002 PAESMEM awardee, and Suzanne Brainard is a 1998 awardee (representing the Women in Engineering Program at the University of Washington)

Mentoring for Academic Careers in Engineering

Proceedings of the 2004 PAESMEM/ Stanford School of Engineering Workshop.

Editors: Eve Riskin, Mari Ostendorf, Pamela Cosman, Michelle Effros, Jia Li, Sheila Hemami, Robert Gray.