Hello dear listeners! An opportunity just came across my path and I thought I’d share it with you!
In our outreach episode (episode 7) we talked about an online mentoring service that I participate in called Planting Science. They just sent out an email to all of the current mentors because they are 100 mentors short for the fall!
Being a mentor with Planting Science has been one of my more rewarding experiences. You only need to dedicate a few hours a week and it’s all done through their website. All of the projects are plant related, but you don’t need to be studying plants to be a mentor (because I definitely don’t!). The have a few different themes and you can pick which ones you feel most comfortable mentoring students in. The students come up with their own ideas base on what they’re learning in class, and your role is to help them think through things they’re struggling with, examine what their results mean, and most importantly, think of the scientific method. It’s a wonderful experience for the kids to have some contact with a real scientist and learn that we are human. In my experience, it also encourages girls to think they could also have experience in a STEM field, which is super cool.
So, please consider being a mentor! If you have any questions, about any part of this process, I would be more than happy to answer them! Comment them here, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about being a mentor (or to sign up!) got to plantingscience.org
Scroll down until you see this:
**I know it still says Spring 2017, but I promise that means for Fall 2017 too!
And click on any of those links!
Added bonus, if you’re an early career scientist, you’re eligible for a fellowship opportunity! Definitely consider applying!