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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
I love the themed reminder emails and the sense of being part of a larger community.
...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.