Program offers mentors to women in STEM fields

A new regional mentoring network is available to women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

The network is hosted by the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math-University Partnership for the Advancement of Academic Women in Pennsylvania (STEM-UP PA) program.  

STEM-UP is the result of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers. Partnering in the project are Shippensburg University, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Elizabethtown College and the Innovation Transfer Network. 

The network allows mentees to choose a mentor from either their own or another campus. Mentors may be nominated or may self-apply. An executive committee comprised of two representatives from each grant partner institution oversees program management. The network will include orientation training for mentors and mentees, a structured mentor relationship and periodic career advancement lunch discussions or core workshops.  

Mentor/mentee pairs will identify goals and will be matched based on these and other characteristics. Pairs will agree to participate in monthly phone or in-person meetings, and attend two out of three career advancement core workshops.  

Interested individuals may apply at and clicking on the mentoring network link. Mentors may be nominated with a nomination form at the same site. Application deadline is April 1 with mentors and mentees to be notified by June 1. Orientation for participants is Aug. 26 at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.