MentorNet is the e-mentoring network for diversity in engineering and science. Its One-on-One Mentoring Program pairs male and female undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career faculty as proteges with science professionals from industry, government labs, and academia as mentors for one-on-one, email-based mentoring relationships. The initiative was launched as a pilot project by WISP at Dartmouth and is now a national program that is a division of Great Minds in STEM.
More than 90 percent of participants have said that they would recommend MentorNet's e-mentoring programs to a friend or colleague. A 2007 survey of approximately 2,500 students and scholars in STEM fields revealed that 98 percent of respondents found that having some type of mentor was important to them. The study also found that women and minorities were not getting adequate mentoring.
Students can visit MentorNet to learn how to connect with a professional mentor in their field.
Faculty and alumnae are also encouraged to participate in the program as mentors. You can help aspiring scientists and engineers find their way into the academic landscape by sharing valuable insight from your experiences in STEM.