For Students: Mentoring
The Nevada EPSCoR program has developed the STEM Mentor Database as a tool for students to identify faculty members who can serve as mentors in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math education. These faculty are involved at the forefront of science education and research in our state. Mentoring is an excellent way for students to explore educational interests and potential majors and careers, as well as to receive guidance and support from those already working in the field. If you are interested in finding a mentor, please visit the mentor database. http://epscorspo.nevada.edu/mentors.html
For Mentors: Never Too Busy
Too often mentoring is thought about as one more thing to do. With busy schedules, how can a busy faculty member find the time to mentor another student? Think about the small ways that you can help engage your EPSCoR student. Keep in mind that your primary goal is to get them to identify with the discipline. Mentoring can be accomplished through short, productive meetings or even what Nakagawa called “mentoring on the run” — spending 10 minutes telling them about an interesting talk they should attend or a newsworthy breakthrough in your field (http://www.csun.edu/eop/htdocs/fmp%20manual.pdf). If it is a particularly busy time for both you and the student, think about smaller hurdles that can realistically be achieved. During busy weeks, you can clear the small hurdles while on other weeks you will want to clear those moderate-to-large hurdles. Be inventive in finding new ways and means to mentor a student who is still very young in the field! If you are interested in becoming a mentor or would like more information on the NV STEM Mentor Database, please contact Michele Casella at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check back soon for more resources and information for mentors and students!
Click here to access the mentor database
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