LS-PAC MODELS Mentors
If you’re interested in becoming a mentor for the LS-PAC MODELS Center, please fill out our Mentor Interest Form. For answers to frequently asked questions about becoming a mentor, please see the Mentors section of our FAQ page. .
Why should I become a mentor with LS-PAC MODELS?
Many of us have had mentors who had a tremendous influence on our lives and careers, and without whose guidance we would not be where we are today. The LS-PAC MODELS program provides an opportunity for mentorship as well as professional development and a support network of peers and role models that can help guide students in achieving their career goals.
As an LS-PAC MODELS mentor, you will have the opportunity to provide academic, social, and career guidance to underrepresented minority (URM) scholars in our regional network who are interested in pursuing academic careers in STEM (i.e., tenure-track faculty, research staff, and instructors). This is a fantastic opportunity for STEM professionals who wish to give back to the STEM community and help promote diversity within their field. Mentors will meet regularly (virtually or in-person) with URM STEM scholars (undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral).
What are the criteria for being an LS-PAC MODELS mentor?
Mentors: LS-PAC MODELS mentors provide academic, social, and career guidance to underrepresented minority (URM) scholars in our regional network who are interested in pursuing academic careers in STEM. Mentors will meet regularly (virtually or in-person) with URM STEM scholars (undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral). Mentors can be:
- College or university faculty or staff members who have earned a degree in a STEM-related field (physics, chemistry, biological sciences, mathematics, computer science, engineering, technology, neuroscience, or other related field).
- Non-university affiliated individuals who work in a STEM-related capacity who have a desire and ability to mentor URM students who are interested in STEM academic careers.
Peer Mentors: LS-PAC MODELS peer mentors are STEM scholars (undergraduate students, graduate students, or post-doctoral fellows) who provide academic, social, and career support to other scholars who are at the same level or below in their careers. Peer mentors will meet regularly (virtually or in-person) with their mentees to serve as role models, share advice, and answer questions based on their own experiences. Peer mentors can be:
- Students currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship in a STEM-related field (can only mentor Ph.D. students and below).
- Students currently completing a STEM-related Master’s or doctoral degree (can only mentor undergraduate students and below).
- Undergraduates in their senior year of a STEM degree (can only mentor undergraduates in earlier years).
Responsibilities (applicable to both mentors and peer mentors):
- Participate in mentor-mentee matching via the LS-PAC MODELS app and website
- Initiate mentoring relationship with mentees
- Collaboratively establish goals for the mentoring relationship with my mentee(s)
- Maintain a reasonable availability to mentees on an as-needed basis
- Schedule at least three face-to-face meetings (can be virtual) per semester (most mentors and mentees meet for at least 30 minutes each time)
- Follow up on mentee progress to ensure goals are being met
- Attend regular professional development sessions regarding best practices in mentoring
- Complete LS-PAC MODELS mentor surveys
If you are interested in participating, please fill out the Mentor Interest Form using the link below. Our staff will review your submission and will contact you regarding participation. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.