Mentoring with AISES

Looking For a Few Good Mentors

Recently, AISES received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and mentoring is a big part of it. The program, called Lighting the Pathways to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM, is designed to boost the number of AISES members in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The long-term goal is to increase the representation of those members who pursue faculty positions in STEM disciplines at U.S. colleges and universities. The grant includes full-service mentoring to student participants. So clearly, we need mentors.

Those who sign up and become mentors as part of this special program are eligible to attend the AISES National Conference in Orlando, Florida, November 13-15. Your conference fee and travel expenses will be waived as part of the NSF grant.

How does an Online Mentoring Relationship Work?
  • Most of this interaction will take place via e-mail and other web-related tools or face-to-face, as appropriate.
  • Decide from the start what kind of support will be most useful—specific feedback related to finding faculty positions in STEM disciplines, general career advice, information on higher studies, technical information, personal encouragement, and so on.
  • Commitments of at least six months to one year are best to ensure that the mentee is able to fully benefit from the relationship.
What are Mentor Expectations?
  • Mentor should have experience in a faculty position in a STEM discipline, preferably at a U.S. college, university, or tribal college.
  • Take responsibility to initiate the relationship.
  • Set aside time for the mentoring process and honor all appointments.
  • Provide honest and timely feedback to your mentee.
  • Provide opportunities for the mentee to talk about concerns and ask questions.
  • Above all, LISTEN.

If you have questions, please contact Kathy DeerInWater, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Research at