#ThankYourMentor – National Mentoring Month: My Science Mentoring Story

Happy New Year and Happy National Mentoring Month. Throughout the month we have seen posts, Tweets and stories about the importance of mentoring. This is why The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health started National Mentoring Month back in 2002. National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors to ensure positive effect in young people. 1 in 3 young people will grow up without a mentor. Mentoring makes a difference, especially for underrepresented students who are interested in STEM fields. When students have science mentors it gives them the opportunity to learn about different science career options and build a positive support system.

Since today is the last event of National Mentoring Month (#ThankYourMentor day) what better time to share how mentoring has made an impact on my science journey. I believe in the impact of mentors and encourage you to mentor someone new. In honor of #ThankYourMentor day I am going to share a few of my mentoring experiences.

As I mentioned in my Mentoring Series, mentoring at all stages is essential for students in the STEM fields, especially underrepresented minority students.  (more…)

5 Tips for Women in STEM

Depending on your industry being one of a few women in STEM is common. If you are a woman of color this is even more common. As more diversity initiatives and programs that support women in STEM are being created we are starting to see more changes. This is why it is important for us to support each other.

5 Tips for Women in STEM:

1. Find a mentor:

Mentors provide guidance, advice and support throughout your STEM career. Finding a mentor takes time so be intentional in your search. If you are looking for a mentor, The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) has a large pool of virtual mentors in various disciplines.

2. Join a network for women in STEM:

There are many organizations such as, AWIS, SWE or AAUW and many discipline focused professional science societies that have special interest groups like Women in Science and Engineering. Join the #WomeninSTEM #WomeninScience #BlackWomeninSTEM conversations on Twitter and connect. (more…)