The goal of the Science Mentoring
Research website is to:
- Provide guidelines and resources for developing high quality
research and evaluation studies for science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics (STEM) career and workforce mentoring.
- Highlight resources for STEM mentoring, including guides and
Mentoring matters. Mentoring is often
cited as a critical factor in:
- Programs to increase the participation of groups traditionally
underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
- The decision of undergraduate students to pursue graduate education
in STEM, particularly students who participate in undergraduate
- The retention of students in STEM doctoral programs.
- Promotion and advancement of employees in academia, government,
However, from focus groups with selected recipients of the National
Science Foundation (NSF) Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science,
Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
and the AAAS
college and university students and others, we learned that (a)
the definitions and perceptions
of mentoring (Part 1 and Part
2) varied widely; (b)
STEM mentoring often lacks a clear focus; and (c) we need more high
quality research studies on STEM career and workforce mentoring.
Selected leaders identified strategies for bringing increased
attention to the need for (a) mentoring and (b) high quality research
related to STEM career and workforce mentoring. Recommendations were
developed for professional societies, foundations, and college and
university departments. Our ongoing work will include developing
a coalition of professional societies and others to foster STEM
career and workforce mentoring and research.