The daily routine might have replaced that initial #BackToSchool excitement, but there are still plenty of ways to stay driven for moving the needle for women in tech throughout the rest of the school season. As a change leader, you make a profound positive impact on women’s decisions to continue their educational and professional pursuits in computing. But, have you considered how active mentoring can amplify your influence?
Mentoring can have positive effects for both mentees and mentors. Mentees experience increased confidence and skill set development while mentors experience personal satisfaction and career enhancement. Whether you currently participate in a mentoring program or are interested in joining one, this newsletter features resources and programs for next steps in getting the most out of a mentoring experience.
NCWIT supports the following mentoring programs that can help to facilitate relationships with students in various settings and levels of commitment.
MentorNet, an NCWIT Affinity Group Alliance Member, connects STEM students from freshman year through the doctoral level with mentors working in a variety of STEM fields. And, it starts with 15 minutes per week. Find out more at www.mentornet.org.
Effective mentoring programs are carefully planned, with attention to specifying, communicating, and measuring objectives, as well as developing sufficient resources to implement fully. The following NCWIT resources provide case studies of exemplary programs as well as guidance for evaluation.
REU-in-A-Box: Expanding the Pool of Computing Researchers — REU-in-A-Box explains the benefits of undergraduate research in computing, describes ways to get students involved, outlines how faculty and students can participate, discusses how to set expectations and manage the experience, and describes typical deliverables of successful undergraduate research experiences in computing. (www.ncwit.org/reubox)
The NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) is calling for nominations for the 2016 NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring (URM) Award and the 2016 Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award.
The URM Award, sponsored by AT&T, recognizes individuals for their outstanding mentorship, high-quality research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields. Each recipient’s institution receives a $5,000 gift to support the recipient’s research.
Nominations will be accepted through October 18, 2015. You can nominate a colleague or yourself (a self-nomination is perfectly acceptable), and you can nominate more than one person. Winners will be notified in March 2016. To view previous winners and learn more about this award, visit www.ncwit.org/urmaward.
The Harrold and Notkin Award, sponsored by the NCWIT Board of Directors, recognizes individuals who combine outstanding research accomplishments with excellence in graduate mentoring, as well as those who advocate for recruiting, encouraging, and promoting women and minorities in computing fields. The recipient’s institution receives a $5,000 award from NCWIT.
Nominations will be accepted through November 4, 2015. You can nominate a peer or yourself (a self-nomination is perfectly acceptable). To view previous winners and learn more about this award, visit www.ncwit.org/harroldnotkin.
Eligible nominees for either award are faculty members on the campus of a non-profit NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) institution within the United States.