You have the exciting and exceptional opportunity to work with dedicated professionals on real world research - an experience that most students won’t ever have. These mentors can provide you with skills that will prepare you for a successful future. The guide below is designed to help you to make the most of this experience.
1. BEFORE YOU WORK WITH A MENTOR
Accept your invitation: You will be invited to join MME by email with a link to join and create your profile. Do this early. Familiarizing yourself with the platform will be beneficial once you’re ready to get started.
Create: When you are ready to start a project, you will click the red “create” button to begin your project creation.
- Introduce Yourself: Take some time to fill out your research description and letter of introduction. Whether you have a pre-assigned mentor or are choosing from the pool of mentors, this is the only information about your project that a mentor has. Your mentor will be more invested if they can see you have taken care in your project creation.
2. DURING YOUR PROJECT
Send a message: Start the conversation with your mentor by telling them why you chose your research topic and what you hope to gain from working with them on this project.
Engage, engage, engage: We have never heard from a mentor that their student communicated too much. We have heard from a mentor that they wished their student would have communicated more. You have a dedicated professional at your fingertips - don’t waste the opportunity!
Develop a schedule: Be consistent in updating your mentor - whether that be weekly or bi-weekly. Even when you have not had much activity in your project in that time period, mentors want to know what your next steps will be, when you’re going to be working more actively in the project, and how they can be of help.
- Learn: Use this time to learn more about the field your mentor works or studies in - practicing these communication skills with an expert is a great resume builder or notation on a college application.
3. AS THE PROJECT COMES TO A CLOSE...
Share your results: Show your mentor the final product - whether that be a research paper, presentation, an award at a science fair, the grade you received on the project, etc.
Give thanks: Thank your mentor for their time and for working with you.
- Think Big! Think about ways to carry this experience with you - letters of recommendation, college admissions essays, internships, etc. If you engage with your mentor on a regular basis and develop a mentoring connection, it will be of significance to your future.