Mentees and mentors

Men­tor­ing is a col­lab­o­ra­tive at-will rela­tion­ship in which one person—a mentor—shares their knowl­edge, skills, and expe­ri­ence with anoth­er per­son, a mentee, who is typ­i­cal­ly not as knowl­edge­able or expe­ri­enced and ben­e­fits from the mentor’s guid­ance and per­spec­tive. Men­tor­ing is con­sid­ered a high­ly effec­tive tal­ent devel­op­ment mea­sure that can yield espe­cial­ly pos­i­tive results in gift­ed stu­dents. Through this sup­port, mentees can gain knowl­edge in their field of inter­est, learn spe­cif­ic skills, and receive valu­able advice on their career plans and advance­ment.

Build­ing on these prin­ci­ples, Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing con­nects out­stand­ing STEMM stu­dents as mentees with renowned STEMM experts as men­tors. The mentees will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­sult reg­u­lar­ly with their men­tors through the program’s online plat­form, which enables mes­sag­ing, exchang­ing files, video­con­fer­enc­ing, and col­lab­o­rat­ing on projects with par­tic­i­pants from all over the world. Men­tors sup­port their mentees for sev­er­al years and each mentee and men­tor will have the chance to eval­u­ate each oth­er reg­u­lar­ly. Both mentees and men­tors will receive guid­ance and train­ing to opti­mize the pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and devel­op­ment of their inter­ac­tions with one anoth­er, as well as their par­tic­i­pa­tion on the plat­form. All of these fea­tures come at no cost, as par­tic­i­pa­tion is free for every­one.

Mentees and men­tors can inter­act with one anoth­er on the plat­form on dif­fer­ent lev­els: in one-on-one set­tings, in small groups, and in the larg­er pro­gram com­mu­ni­ty (i.e., across the entire Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing net­work).

One-on-one: Each mentee is matched with one men­tor who pro­vides indi­vid­ual sup­port in their cho­sen STEMM field(s), their cur­rent projects, and their goals. Men­tors assist their mentees to reach their goals by iden­ti­fy­ing the skills mentees need to devel­op in order to excel in their giv­en field. Men­tors also act as inspir­ing role mod­els, shar­ing their own path to excel­lence as an exam­ple to their mentees.

Small groups: Mentees and men­tors also con­nect with one anoth­er through small groups. These groups could be impromp­tu set-ups to dis­cuss an issue or solve a prob­lem. They can also con­sti­tute long-term col­lab­o­ra­tions, work­ing on projects or find­ing solu­tions for real-world chal­lenges. Small groups can con­sist of mentee–mentor dyads (i.e., two-per­son groups con­sist­ing of one mentee and one men­tor) or mentees and men­tors in any con­fig­u­ra­tion. Their collaboration—in the form of small groups—is a place for inspi­ra­tion and pro­vides oppor­tu­ni­ties to com­plete more com­pre­hen­sive and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary project work.

Net­work­ing: Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing is cre­at­ing a hub of excep­tion­al­ly tal­ent­ed STEMM youths and renowned STEMM experts from all over the world. The col­lec­tive knowl­edge and exper­tise of this net­work has amaz­ing poten­tial, pro­vid­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to sup­port one anoth­er, exchange ideas, and col­lab­o­rate on projects. With the online plat­form, mentees and men­tors pos­sess the tools they need to eas­i­ly reach out to one anoth­er, invite the best col­lab­o­ra­tors to their research projects, and con­nect to solve the world’s most press­ing chal­lenges.