Being a Mentor

One way to participate as a scientist in GLOBE is by mentoring students and/or teachers. This can fulfill your one activity per year requirement. Each relationship between a scientist and a GLOBE school is unique, and is determined by the scientist and the school.

Scientist mentoring students

Mentoring can provide both unique opportunities and challenges. According to The Leadership Alliance, the willingness to guide, instruct and assist students to reach their objective with their research is key to a successful mentorship experience. 

Consider the following tips for being a mentor, adapted from The Leadership Alliance.

  1. Assess the interests of the teacher and students
  2. Develop a plan for the project with the input of the teacher, keeping in mind important dates that the school may have
  3. Keep in contact with the students and teacher.  This may be via phone, email, Skype/other online video chatting, and/or in person classroom visits.

If you have additional tips or suggestions for being a mentor, please join the community-only discussion here.

Resources

These resources will provide general information that can be tailored to your own unique relationship with GLOBE students and teachers.

SciGirls Role Model Strategies: Encouraging Girls to Consider STEM Careers

"The bold aim of SciGirls is to change how millions of girls think about science, technology, engineering and math - aka STEM." The strategies in this toolkit are "research-based, gender equitable strategies for engaging girls in STEM that address the importance of connecting girls with role models and mentors."

techbridge: Role Models Matter

tech bridge's "Role Models Matter Online Training Toolkit" guides mentors to 'develop skills to engage girls and underrepresented youth in STEM.'

Guidelines developed by the American Physiological Society, a partner in the MentorNet Mentoring Program.  These guidelines provide information on how to establish a mentoring relationship, how to interact with mentees and how to avoid potential pitfalls.  More appropriate for post-secondary mentoring relationships.

 

Mentoring Undergraduates in Summer Research Programs.  This document provides information on how to make the most of the opportunity to work with students.  More appropriate for post-secondary mentoring relationships.