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Profiles in Mentoring: Dr. Paul Hernandez talks mentoring, measurement, and what we can do to keep people in STEM degrees

We’re pleased to bring you our interview with Dr. Paul Hernandez, an associate professor at Texas A&M University in the department of Teaching, Learning and Culture. His research focuses on the contextual factors, developmental relationships, and motivational processes that support and broaden participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers – particularly for students […]

Feeling similar to your mentor may be more important than shared demography when it comes to strong mentoring relationships

Hernandez, P. R., Estrada, M., Woodcock, A., & Schultz, P. W. (2017). Protégé perceptions of high mentorship quality depend on shared values more than on demographic match. The Journal of Experimental Education, 85(3), 450–468. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220973.2016.1246405 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: While it is a commonly held idea that matching a mentor and mentee/protégé […]

New study on STEM research mentors’ engagement in race/ethnicity issues

Butz, A. R., Spencer, K., Thayer-hart, N., Cabrera, I. E., & Byars-winston, A. (2018). Mentors’ Motivation to Address Race/ethnicity in Research Mentoring Relationships. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. doi:10.1037 /dhe0000096 Summarized by Cyanea Poon Notes of Interest: Using the self-determination framework, this study sought to investigate STEM research mentors’ motivation to address race/ethnicity issues. The […]

Mark Freedman: Need STEM Teachers? Look to Older Adults

 WSJ Retirement Expert Marc Freedoms discusses how the U.S. should follow the lead of the U.K. in recruiting older adults to start second careers as teachers. From the Wall Street Journal By Marc Freedman Apr 22, 2018 10:04 pm ET Marc Freedman is founder and CEO of Encore.org, and chairman of the Generation to Generation campaign. […]

New research highlights role of STEM making in addressing equity in historically marginalized communities

Calabrese Barton, A., & Tan, E. (2017). FABLEARN 2017 Proceedings. In Proceedings of FABLEARN Conference 2017, Stanford, USA, 4 pages. https://doi.org/0000001.0000001 Summarized by Justin Preston Introduction Inequality and underrepresentation of youth from historically marginalized communities have been stubbornly persistent in STEM fields. However, with the advent of maker spaces, and the associated maker movement, there […]

Mentoring key piece of the puzzle in reducing STEM attrition

Written by Charlie Wood, the Christian Science Monitor As a freshman, Stephanie Mula found the University of Massachusetts’s engineering program “overwhelming.” A first-generation college student, she wasn’t sure what to expect, how to get the most out of her classes, or where to look for internships. Nevertheless, she went on to beat the odds of […]

Want to get the most from a college internship? Add a mentor.

David Orenstein, Brown University College students who do summer research often say it was time well spent, but a new study offers hard data on exactly which components and experiences proved valuable and how. The study involved 450 participants in the Summer Research Early Identification Program of The Leadership Alliance, a national partnership among universities […]

Hey Scientist, Who Are You Mentoring this Summer?

By Shari Werb (From the Smithsonian) The director of education at the National Museum of Natural History delivers a clarion call to all scientists: Be a Mentor. Raise Up the Next Generation. Stand outside paleontologist Gene Hunt’s office this time of year and you may well hear him in a discussion that has little to do […]

Let’s build partnerships to improve evidence uptake

Post by Vivian Tseng, Vice President, Programs at the William T. Grant Foundation.  Follow her on Twitter @VivianT88. From Psychology Today. In 2006, Professor Paul Cobb of Vanderbilt University approached Michael Sorum—then the chief academic officer of Fort Worth Independent School District—to participate in a study. Sorum declined. His office was inundated with requests from […]

Mary Fernandez, President of MentorNet, kicks off new mentoring radio

If you’ve enjoyed reading Vince Reardon’s Pocket Mentor entries, then you might want to try his new radio show, “Mentoring Today with Vince Reardon,” a weekly, 30-minute radio program offering listeners guest interviews about mentoring youth. All shows will be available through the MentoringU podcast series on iTunes, but listening live gives you the chance to call […]