A mentor is a guide. A friend. A resource who paves the way to success, and derives satisfaction from helping others succeed. Your role as mentor is to inspire, encourage, and support your mentee, and to contribute to their professional and personal development.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is my time commitment? We expect all mentors to make themselves available for an hour a month for each student mentee. You can change the number of mentees you accept at any time, so during a busy period, you might change that to zero.
- What am I expected to do? Mentors should work with their mentee to determine what kind of support will be most useful—specific feedback on the project, technical information, references, personal encouragement, and so on.
- What does "flash mentoring" mean? Our default connection plan, "flash mentoring," is intended to foster short-term connections, like a one-time coffee meeting. You can always renew or change your connection to one of our longer (3 or 9 month) plans.
- Are there any potential risks to me or my company? No. It is not appropriate for mentors to engage in any business transactions with their mentees; instead, the relationship should only involve the flow of general information and advice.
- Relationship is not going well or I am concerned about mentorship, what to do? We encourage letting the mentee know about the situation and contact the Admin Immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.
What Mentees are saying
“[My mentor] asked me questions I was at times afraid to ask myself. She pushed me to consider aspects of my project that I was reluctant to analyze--those areas in which she prodded turned out in the end to be areas in which I desperately needed prodding. Without her, I never could have articulated my goals and experience as well as I have been able to with her help.”
~Blaze Hubbell '18
“This project demanded a lot of flexibility, and I needed a decent amount of space to do that. My mentor was great at being a positive force and leaving me space and independence to do the work I needed! I think the biggest support I needed was emotional and she was top notch in that category, as were the other big figures in making my project come to life.”'
~Naomi Samuel '19
Connect with Our Mentees!
Share your expertise with those willing and eager to learn.
- Set aside a few hours each month for their mentees and honor their appointments.
- Take responsibility to initiate the mentoring relationship.
- Invite the mentee to other events and activities, as appropriate.
- Arrange frequent contact through telephone, email, fax, face-to-face, etc., as appropriate.
- Keep information confidential. If something concerning the mentee needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
- Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange.
- Foster creativity and independence. Help build self-confidence and offer encouragement.
- Try to give advice on everything.
- Encourage mentees to be totally dependent on them.
- Talk about their problems (beyond using personal examples as constructive contributions).
- Leave mentees "hanging" without notification or updating their availability.