A program developed through research on our 54,000 users since 1997 to help students and early career researchers in science, engineering, and other fields to succeed.
Two ways: We help you create your profile as a future professional on the Web, where you can share your goals, network with your peers and future colleagues around the world, and continually evolve your profile as you grow and change and get serious about your career.
If you get into the e-mentoring program, we also will find you a personal mentor and nurture your relationship.
Yes. That’s to both help make a better match to a mentor and to help fill out your profile.
Yes. Everything on your profile is under your control – what to show or not, who you put in your network – and can be changed at any time. We also protect all the information we gather and do not publish or share it without your permission.
Yes. We hope you will put your mentor on your own profile page. But if you choose not to, no one will know who you are matched. In any case, no one can or will look in on your emails or phone conversations if you choose to have them.
If you are enrolled in MentorNet through a university or organization, the program administrator will be able to see your usual school info as well as the company and location of the mentor, but not his/her name or contact info.
The MentorNet E-Mentoring Program is designed for people like you who are pursuing a degree or career in one of the 70+ technical/scientific fields we support and seek help, wisdom, or just some advice from someone who has already launched and established their career.
After you fill out a profile, our system automatically matches you with your choice of up to five mentors.
After you choose one, our website then guides the two of you, one-on-one, with a series of timed emails to each of you filled with suggestions of things you can talk about.
Make sure your preferences in a match aren’t too restrictive when you fill out your profile. Go back and loosen them up if they are.
We send out prompts for eight months. But you can declare success for the relationship at any time. We just ask you fill out a brief survey when you and your mentor agree to call it quits.
15 minutes a week, more or less. We know this because we’ve already guided 54,000 people through these relationships. It’s actually 14.8 minutes on average.
Knowledge, skills and tips about what really faces you in your chosen career, which we hope will increase your confidence and improve your chances of success. Also we hope you will grow a personal network of professional contacts, including your mentor, of course, that will improve your job hunting when the time comes.
Our prompts are just suggestions. You can take your relationship anywhere you want. We hope you set your own goals for the relationship with your mentor.
A mentor is partly a coach, leader, advisor, counselor, teacher, guide, and friend but none of these alone or completely. The original Mentor was the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena, who came to Earth as a man to guide Odysseus’ son, Telemachus.
We’ve designed MentorNet to help the mentor give you a taste of the real world of the career you’ve chosen and help you on the path to it.
Anyone with an .edu address can fill out a profile.
But to find a mentor you must be
· Enrolled or employed at a college or university partnering with MentorNet,
· OR a student member of one of MentorNet's Affiliated Partners Plus.
Everyone is welcome. Our protégés are men and women from all walks of life, ethnic groups, races, over 80 nationalities, and cultures, and range in age from 18 up. MentorNet was originally developed in 1997 to support women who still are underrepresented in many engineering, science, and mathematics fields. We more recently expanded the program to address the needs of minorities. Now some campuses open it to every eligible student while others direct the program to give real world knowledge and career counseling to specific groups of students, as they see fit. See our Policy below.
Some day. We think about it all the time.
Check the campus list here to see if your campus is already a MentorNet partner.
We rely on campuses and professional organizations to recruit students. They also pay a fee to sustain us. Otherwise we wouldn’t survive financially. Find out how to get your college or university involved.
Our research shows that every college student at any level, first year through postdoc, can benefit from mentoring.
95% of our protégés end up graduating!
Oh yeah. That’s another reason we restrict the program to students on our partner campuses. Campus representatives verify they protégés are officially associated with the college/university.
Every mentor who signs up has to provide a reference who can verify the applicant's identity. When mentors use employer email addresses to sign up with MentorNet, this also helps to validate their identity. But think about it: you’re going to be in an extended relationship with someone about your profession. It’s going to be hard to be an imposter for that long.
Anyway, in 54,000 users, we’ve only had one case and the protégé was quick to realize and report it.
No seriously, we have a nuanced algorithm that takes into account more than a hundred data points. We’re always feeding and tending the magic algorithm based on feedback from our mentors and protégés.
But it’s only an algorithm, folks. At the end of the day, we’re creating complex, variable human relationships, Or should I say, you are, so it’s still up to you to keep your expectations and demands on each other reasonable, treat each other with respect, and make it work.
The protégé has, in our experience, a greater need to feel ownership of the relationship.
Be teachable, take initiative, and honor your commitments. Be willing to learn new things, obtain another perspective, and be responsive to suggestions and constructive criticism. Take the initiative to ask your mentor a question, to let him or her know what you are working on, and to ask about his or her academic and professional experiences.
Send them a quick msg or txt or tweet or vmail or mms if too much time goes on. They will worry about you. If you do lose contact, don’t feel guilty and stay silent forever. Your mentor will undoubtedly forgive you.
Once your match is established, we regularly send discussion suggestions to both the mentors and the protégés; both partners receive similar messages. These messages will address initiating and sustaining an e-mentoring relationship and will suggest relevant topics for you to discuss with your e-mentoring partner.
Unfortunately, no. While we do all we can, the pools of available mentors and interested protégés do not always match perfectly. If you are not matched in the One-on-One E-Mentoring Program, you can still provide and/or receive mentoring through our community.
Absolutely. The picture on our home page is of just such a meeting. We love it very much.
However, many mentors and protégés will never meet face-to-face because they’re on opposite sides of the continent or world.
We will say this: when face-to-face meetings happen they almost always seem to have a very positive outcome and can be very gratifying, even moving.
Protégés are recruited through our campus representatives who get the word out through email, by putting up posters or flyers, by visiting meetings of students chapters of professional societies, and by encouraging faculty to let students know about the opportunity. Protégés also learn about MentorNet through our Facebook and Twitter channels, or word of mouth.
Please direct them to our web site. In addition, you could forward to them a 'Call to Students' email message, We have also made available a 'Call to Students' flyer, in both Microsoft Word or PDF formats, which can be downloaded off our web site.
Only faculty or administrative staff of a college or university can sign the campus up for MentorNet participation but student interest is a powerful motivator for them to sign up. Let someone at your school know that you think that MentorNet would be a valuable addition. Direct an interested faculty member or staff person to the Interested Colleges and Universities page, where they can find out more information about MentorNet or sign up your campus. They may also want to learn more about MentorNet's campus partnerships.
Sign up and create a profile. Put your name, picture and career aspirations out there. Add professionals and peers to your network. You can then also join the MentorNet forum.
In addition, MentorNet has links to web sites for professional societies, programs and other resources where you may be able meet professionals in your field who could serve as mentors.
You may want to join a professional society and attend a meeting of a local chapter – there you can meet professionals. At the meeting, you can announce that you are looking for a mentor, or you can ask if the local chapter already has a mentoring program set up in which you can participate.
1) Confirm that your college or university is still a MentorNet participating college or university. If not, you are welcome to maintain an informal match and continue communicating outside of the MentorNet program.
2) If you are still eligible to participate, sign in to the MentorNet Community and activate your profile (if you haven't already done so), click on the "Search for a Mentor" link, and then on "Search for My Previous Mentor". You can then choose your mentor.
3) We will then check to make sure your mentor is still available and let you know within 10 days. Then your match will begin again for another eight months!
MentorNet is an equal opportunity organization. MentorNet will not discriminate against any program participant because of race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin (including, without limitation, those for whom English is a second language or those who are immigrants), ancestry, physical or mental disability (including learning disabilities), past history of mental disorder, medical condition including pregnancy, family care leave, cancer and AIDS, status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the wars including Vietnam, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-program related factor. Program participation is based on eligibility and will not be unlawfully influenced or unlawfully affected by the characteristics of any program applicant or participant. MentorNet will take affirmative action to ensure that program applicants are considered for participation in the program, and program participants are treated during their participation in the program, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin or any other non-program related factor. Such action will include, but will not be limited to: participation as a member of the MentorNet Community, creating a mentor or protégé profile, being matched in the One-on-One E-Mentoring Program and participation in the E-Forum.