What is a Mentor?
A mentor is someone who takes a special interest in helping another person develop into a successful professional:
- Advisors with career experience willing to share their knowledge
- Supporters who give emotional and moral encouragement
- Tutors who give specific feedback on one’s performance
- Masters to whom one is apprenticed
- Sponsors who provide introductions to influential people and opportunities
- Models with similar background and identity, who are successful in their chosen professions or academic fields
Why be a Mentor?
Share your knowledge and experience with the next generation. You can also:
- Achieve satisfaction. For some mentors, having a student succeed and eventually become a friend or colleague is their greatest joy. In fact, an oft-heard quote from faculty is “I have had a terrific experience with this program and consider it one of the highlights of my teaching career to date.”
- Attract good students. The best mentors are able to recruit – and keep – high caliber students who can produce better research, papers and grant proposals. These students can also become your own research assistants on current or future projects.
- Enhance your own professional knowledge. Mentoring can help you keep abreast of new knowledge and techniques in your own field.
- Develop your professional network. In making contacts for students, you strengthen your own contacts and make new ones.
- Enhance your contribution. Gain increased professional stature by supporting new scholars into your chosen profession or academic field.