The WiSci mentoring program matches experienced and less-experienced scientists together to provide support for developing scientists. Traditionally, mentoring involves undergraduate-graduate student pairs and graduate student-faculty pairs*. WiSci expands this model to offer, in addition to traditional mentoring, near-peer mentoring. Near-peer mentoring is mentoring between individuals closer in position than traditional mentoring. For example, a senior undergraduate student may mentor a freshman undergraduate student or a post-doc may mentor a graduate student. Near-peer mentoring can be very beneficial for both parties!
Whether you are interested in traditional or near-peer mentoring, our goal is to provide support for young scientists by pairing them with mentors who share similar interests but further experience, and who can provide advice and encouragement. Mentoring pairs are encouraged to meet one-on-one throughout the school year, participate in mentoring only events, and attend WiSci panels and workshops.
*Note for students: WiSci’s mentoring program provides a mentor for matters outside the realm of your research project (talk to your major professor or committee members for that!). Your mentor can provide support with academic/career track topics as well as personal/life/relationship issues (matters your major professor may not be able to help you with).
If you would like to be both a mentor and mentee, fill out both forms!