The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a Participatory Workshop on Effective Mentoring in STEMM: Practice, Research, and Future Directions on February 9–10. Billed as an interactive conversation on “evidence-based practices and metrics for mentoring students in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) career pathways,” the workshop brought together a broad range of mentoring experts to provide insights into the tenets of successful mentoring programs and identify areas in need of further attention and research.
Panel discussions were used to explore themes, from theories of mentoring to developing mentoring relationships to the current state of knowledge on mentoring practices. In a particularly refreshing “fireside chat,” three current undergraduate and graduate STEMM students discussed how both giving and receiving mentoring had affected their lives and career choices as well as the attributes they most appreciated in their mentors. During two breakout sessions, participants talked in small groups about various issues related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of mentoring programs.
A summary of the workshop will be available online in the coming months. It is also possible that the Academies will follow up with a full-fledged study related to mentoring, but as of the end of the workshop, nothing had been decided about next steps.