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 www.stemuppa.org 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.