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Studying physics can be a pretty solitary experience for some — especially for students who don’t "see" themselves in the culture of a physics department. Having someone who watches out for them, provides advice, gives guidance, points them toward the appropriate resources, and just listens to them can make the difference between success and the student deciding physics is just not for them.
As mentors, you have access to information, resources, and a life of experiences in the discipline that can be a tremendous aid to students. Though there are many best practices for mentors, perhaps the most important are to care about your mentees and help open doors to their success.
Here are some of the benefits of becoming a mentor in the National Mentoring Community and some of the responsibilities of mentors in this program:
Questions? Feedback? Contact NMC@aps.org
NMC Lunch Meetup at SESAPS
Thursday, November 4, 2022
12:00 p.m. CT
The NMC is hosting a lunch meetup at SESAPS and we hope to see all NMC mentors and mentees who are located within APS's southeastern region there.
The NMC is providing coupon codes to waive registration fees for current NMC mentees interested in attending SESAPS. To access this coupon code, email email@example.com. The NMC is also providing travel support for NMC Mentees who are attending SESAPS.
If you are not already a member - join the Southeastern Section of APS. Membership is free!
Email NMC Staff (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know that you are attending SESAPS and are planning to attend the NMC lunch.
Leading up to SESAPS, check your email for further details about the NMC Lunch Meetup!
This is the first of many in-person regional meetups that the NMC is hosting for mentors and mentees, so be on the lookout to see when we'll be coming to your region!
NMC Mentor Meetup: Recruiting Mentees
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. ET
Attend this virtual event via Zoom to network with other mentors, share mentoring strategies, and receive tips on how to recruit mentees.
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...I think that the program is very useful. Personally, it helped me to understand the issues the students are facing, and an opportunity to help minority students on a one-on-one basis.