MentorNet, a web-based e-mentoring program, matches students, postdocs, and early career researchers in over 70 STEM-related fields to mentors in the professions for one-on-one guided relationships lasting a minimum of eight months. MentorNet’s social network allows students to create professional profiles and develop a network of peers, mentors, and future colleagues. As well, the social network allows corporate partners to search profiles, post jobs and contact the protégé’s directly. Since its inception in 1998, MentorNet has matched over 34,000 protégés to mentors.
Level 2—Institutions of higher education affiliated with MentorNet have more female students enrolled in STEM-related programs, as compared to the national average. As well, protégés and mentors report high satisfaction with the mentorship model.
MentorNet Outcomes and Demographics: Cumulative Summary of Data (2011). An internal report declares over 30,000 mentor-protégé matches since program inception in 1998, with over 280 partner organizations (higher education, business, government, non-profit, and professional organization). Ninety-five percent of MentorNet protégés graduate and 91 percent remain in STEM fields after graduation. Over 50 percent consider their mentor’s employer when entering the workforce. Both mentors and protégés report high overall satisfaction (greater than 80 percent) for their experience. (Available Online)