Welcome to the Minority Mentoring Program!
We hope that the ASM Minority Mentoring Program serves as a useful resource to you as you move forward in your career. The goal of the Minority Mentoring Program is to facilitate one-on-one mentoring relationships between minority microbiologists and qualified professionals in their field of interest. As a mentee looking for an online mentor, you play an integral role in a growing network of support for minority microbiologists.
Online mentoring provides the unique opportunity for colleagues in different locations and environments to exchange information and develop an enriching relationship. While online mentoring relationships are most often initiated via email, the interactions between mentors and mentees continue to be informative and rewarding.
To assist you in establishing a mentoring relationship with an online mentor, the Underrepresented Members Committee has developed a short list of Frequently Asked Questions below to help guide your use of the program. We hope this information is helpful to you as you contact online mentors and begin to pursue an online mentoring relationship with them.
The Underrepresented Members Committee welcomes your feedback as a mentee with the program. We hope that as a first-time visitor to the website that you will participate in a survey to share your thoughts about the program and online mentoring. To participate in the first-time visitor survey, please visit http://www.asm.org/survey/mmpmentee/survey.htm. As we continue to evaluate the program, your insight as a mentee is a key component to insuring the program’s success. We also encourage you to share any other comments you might have throughout the year with us. To contact the committee, please email Michelle Crispino at firstname.lastname@example.org or me at email@example.com.
Thank you for using the ASM Minority Mentoring Program and good luck in your future endeavors!
Maureen S. Wright
Chair, ASM Underrepresented Members Committee
Frequently Asked Questions for Minority Mentoring Program Mentees
How do I identify mentors?
Using the online search tool of the Minority Mentoring Program, you are able to identify a list of potential online mentors based on your preferences. The mentor search page (http://www.asm.org/MinorityMentorSearch.asp) enables you to use a variety of search criteria to identify a mentor who matches your mentoring needs and scientific interests. Upon conducting a search, a results page will be displayed listing potential mentors. From this list, you can review the profile of each mentor which includes information about their geographic area, scientific interest, and mentoring capabilities. Contact information (email address and phone number) is also included in the mentor profiles. We strongly encourage you to review the mentor profiles to best identify mentors compatible with your interests.
How will I communicate with online mentors?
As a mentee, you must initiate contact with the mentors matching your interests. We recommend that you email mentors initially and reference the Minority Mentoring Program in both the subject line and text of your email message. Also, in your initial communications we encourage you to identify your interests and mentoring needs to establish a clear understanding between you and the mentor. Please note that some mentors may prefer to communicate by email only. We urge you to be considerate of mentor preferences.
How many times can I use the Minority Mentoring Program?
As a mentee, you can search for a mentor as many times as you like. Since some questions posed to mentors might not be in their field of interest or within their scope of knowledge, we encourage you to continue to use program to find a mentor who best matches your needs.