MentorNet’s mission is to foster a prevalent culture of mentoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) that empowers individuals to persist and succeed in their fields. MentorNet‘s on-line mentoring program helps STEM student “proteges” in higher education to connect with STEM professionals across generational, gender, racial, cultural and socio-economic boundaries.
MentorNet’s new scalable platform for mentoring combines the technological ease of social networks with the social science of mentoring. The platform allows MentorNet to strategically match STEM students and professionals in compatible mentoring relationships, deliver evidence-based programs that address the issues impacting retention and success in STEM fields, and conduct controlled studies and evaluation to identify and verify factors
that impact student success.
Since 1997, MentorNet has paired more than 32,000 STEM student protégés in effective mentoring relationships. MentorNet serves all levels of higher education and engages mentors with a variety of industrial and functional perspectives. MentorNet’s goal is to mobilize tens of thousands of STEM professionals nationwide to mentor students, helping them across the threshold to academic and professional success.
MentorNet is already a national program; however, with its new scalable platform and the maturation of social networking and mentoring, its goal is to provide 40,000 STEM students with mentors over the next two years, a more than 10‐fold increase of its current community size.
MentorNet recently became a division of Great Minds in STEM (GMiS), a national nonprofit with a 26-year history of leading STEM educational initiatives in support of under-served communities. With GMIS’ emphasis on K-12 and MentorNet’s focus on students in higher education, MentorNet looks forward to opportunities for increased capacity and a more comprehensive approach to the STEM workforce crisis.
MentorNet’s objectives are to provide all STEM students in the United States with access to effective mentorships in a
vibrant community committed to student success; to deliver a scalable mentoring platform that combines the
technology of social networks with the social science of mentoring; and to execute evidence-based programs that
address the critical issues impacting STEM student success.