Oct. 30 Report Release: The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM

Access to and engagement with a strong mentor are known to be important factors in the academic and career development of undergraduate and graduate students in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine). What makes an effective mentor? And what can colleges and universities do to ensure that students, particularly students from groups underrepresented in STEMM, have access to effective mentorship?

The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, examines research on mentorship and the characteristics of effective mentoring relationships. The report recommends actions higher education institutions, departments, mentors, and mentees should take to strengthen mentoring systems and maximize the benefits of mentorship. 

The report will be released along with an online interactive guide to support institutions in implementing these recommendations.

Members of the committee that authored the report will present its findings and recommendations and answer questions during a public briefing starting at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

-- Angela Byars-Winston (chair), professor of medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison
-- Richard McGee, associate dean for professional development and professor of medical education, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
-- Christiane Spitzmueller, professor of psychology, University of Houston

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1 p.m. EDT
National Academies Keck Center, Room 208
500 Fifth St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Reporters who wish to obtain copies should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.

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