An integral part of the REU-D3 Program is the added level of support that we provide for our mentors to create and support a mentoring eco-system at both Northeastern University and the six partnering institutions. Our mentoring program aims to leverage the best practices in the field, providing materials and training to graduate students and faculty members involved in the REU Site, but also includes transferring mentoring best practices to our partner institutions.
Mentor Workshop Overview
Prior to the arrival of the REU students on campus, we run an REU Mentor Workshop focused on:
- Communication and Understanding
- Setting Goals and Expectations
- Time and Task Management
- Diversity and Inclusion
In addition to the PI and Program Administrator, speakers and discussion leaders include:
- Richard Harris, Assistant Dean, Academic Scholarship, Mentoring and Outreach & Director of NU Program in Multicultural Engineering (NUPRIME), Diversity Programs
- Rachelle Reisberg, Assistant Dean, Engineering Enrollment and Retention & Director of Women in Engineering, Diversity Programs. Advisor, SWE: Society of Women Engineers, NU Student Chapter
- Claire Duggan, Director of Programs and Operations, Center for STEM Education and REU-D3 Program Evaluator
Mentor Workshop Resources
Mentors are provided with three case studies and supporting information from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mentors divide into groups for each case study to discuss possible solutions. These are shared and discussed, and are added to by the group and facilitators.
Link to Case Study | Link to 2017 Case Study Discussion Outcomes
Mentors view “Single Story” TED Talk given by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Facilitators and mentors discuss the detriment of assumptions and exclusions linked to identity, and the strengths and importance of diversity and inclusion, specifically how they relate to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual-orientation, and socio-economic background.
Additional materials for facilitators and/or mentors that discuss different facets of mentoring:
- Pathways to Science Mentoring Manual, includes numerous subtopics related to mentoring, as well as perspective-based approaches to mentoring (and ‘being a mentee’).
- Duke University video on “Mentoring Undergraduates” by Jessica Bolton
- Duke University video on “Demanding vs. Nurturing as a Mentor” by Sarah Deutsch
- Center for STEM Education Mentoring Resources