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Mentoring

Students, faculty and staff all recognize the value of a wise and trusted counselor or teacher who can help them navigate their work and life at MIT.  While seen as an invaluable part of any academic or professional experience, mentoring is not automatic and might take a little extra effort to find.

MIT hosted two events in April 2010 to highlight and promote mentoring:

The Committee on Race and Diversity sponsored a Mentoring Fair. Over 130 students, faculty and staff attended this first of its kind event to learn more about mentoring at MIT. More than a dozen MIT mentoring initiatives were highlighted and awards were given to some exemplary mentors. Watch brief talks by exemplary mentors Professors Tania Baker and Ed Bertschinger, and additional award presentation to Professor Sam Allen, Professor Phil Sharp and Dr. Asha Bhakar.

The School of Science and MIT REFS (Resources for Easing Friction and Stress) sponsored the Poster Contest for Mentoring in Research, Spring 2010. Winners were announced on April 15 and all of the submissions are available for viewing, downloading and copying. Spread the word!

Two 2009 articles in MIT Sloan Management Review bring new insights to mentoring. In “A New Approach to Mentoring,” authors Kram and Higgins explain the importance of creating a network of mentors and provide advice on creating such a network. In “How to be a Smart Protégé,” Chandler, Hall and Kram provide eight additional tips for creating a network of mentors.

The following resources are organized by the primary recipient of the mentoring (students, faculty or staff). But many of the tools and tips are universal, so feel free to explore.

Students

The most extensive resource for student mentoring is Mentorship@MIT. Here you will find links to a large number of mentoring programs, guidance about starting a mentoring program, and tips for mentors.

For those interested in being mentored, the “How to be advised” brochure compiled by the UA Committee on Educational Policy will be of value.

For those interested in starting a peer mentoring program, the Academy of Courageous Minority Engineers (ACME)  offers their experience. ACME provides a safe forum to strategically approach the challenges faced by graduate students, in order to facilitate graduate student development.

In addition, the following resources are particularly relevant to students:

UROP Mentor E-Newsletter - An e-newsletter designed for MIT faculty and others who regularly mentor UROP researchers.

Program in Leadership and Undergraduate Success (PLUS) Mentor Program - Links upperclassmen to underclassmen in a peer-to-peer, one-on-one mentoring relationship.

BioMatrix - BioMatrix is a mentoring program for anyone interested in issues related to life sciences and engineering.

The First Year at MIT (for students) - A resource for freshman to help you get the most from your relationship with your advisor.

The First Year at MIT (for advisors) - A resource to freshman advisors to help you in your work with freshmen in their critical first year at MIT.

The First Year at MIT (for assoc. advisors) - A resource for upperclassmen associate advisors to help you in your work with freshmen.

Science Mentoring Research provides extensive research and guidance on mentoring in STEM fields, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

MentorNet- MentorNet is the award-winning nonprofit e-mentoring network that positively affects the retention and success of those in engineering, science and mathematics, particularly but not exclusively women and others underrepresented in these fields

Faculty

A Guide for New Faculty and their Mentors  provides guidance on how to most effectively use an academic mentoring relationship.

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology has compiled Mentoring in Academia: Research and Resources.

A good bibliography for research on faculty mentoring is prepared by the University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.

In addition, there are resources specifically for women faculty and faculty of color.

Individual departments have their own mentoring policies and procedures. If you are aware of one that might have broader applicability, please submit the information on the Share a Resource form.

Staff

Two publications are available from Human Resources:

The Inside Track is MIT’s online volunteer informational interviewing network providing MIT employees with a resource to help them make informed decisions about career choices and professional development.

Additional information about professional development mentoring can be found at:

Mentoring: An Essential Leadership Skill” is an article which is part of a free professional development toolkit.

Management Mentors is a vendor who offers numerous free articles, blogs and podcasts.

Triple Creek Associates is a vendor who offers a free newsletter and podcasts.

Individual departments have their own mentoring policies and procedures. If you are aware of one that might have broader applicability, please submit the information on the Share a Resource form.