While all members of our community benefit from mentoring, high quality mentoring can make an even bigger difference for those that face barriers and systemic exclusion in STEM. This is why UW ChemE includes the development of formal mentoring programs with trained mentors as one of our strategic priorities.
- All undergraduate students are paired with a faculty mentor who they meet with at least once per quarter. Advisers will coach you on getting the most out of this conversation and getting advice about career development, elective and course choices, and opportunities to make the most of your time at UW.
- Starting in SPR 2022, new ChemE students will also be paired with a trained peer mentor who will facilitate connections within the group and provide individual mentoring about navigating ChemE and UW.
- These mentor connections are made based on responses to a survey where students express their topic interest areas as well as any identity or experiences that they hope their mentors will have experience with.
- Undergraduate students have access to high quality academic advising, academic support coaches, career coaches and more!
- Graduate students will be paired with a primary investigator who will serve as their main adviser throughout their education. We encourage students to meet with multiple prospective advisers and think about what you're looking for in a mentor.
- Starting in Autumn 2022, we will also be providing incoming graduate students with trained student mentors who have navigated the same process of starting graduate school and can provide skilled mentorship.
- The Graduate School provides resources for making the most of mentoring relationships.
- Graduate students have access to high quality academic advising, academic support coaches, career coaches and more!
- The Postdoctoral Affairs Office provides resources for making the most of mentoring relationships.
- In 2021-2022, ChemE piloted a postdoctoral fellow group mentoring program led by a senior faculty member and covering a wide variety of related topics.
- UW ADVANCE creates structured pathways at UW and beyond for women faculty and others to equitably access career-building information. These support systems, connections, and educational opportunities empower women faculty, establish an intentional culture of faculty development, and contribute to a campus climate and community that leads to more equitable recruitment, retention, advancement, and leadership of women faculty.
- ChemE has also provided formal mentoring for all junior faculty since 2018.
- UW HR Provides a mentoring toolkit to assist staff in getting the most out of mentoring relations.