UW Women's Center


Why are mentors important?

Over the years, several studies have demonstrated a need for effective mentoring. Some of the strongest reasons for mentoring in science, technologies, engineering, and math (STEM) are that:

  • Women in STEM fields are underrepresented in the student body and the workforce.
  • Female students often suffer a decline in academic and career ambitions during college years.
  • Female students often have lower self-confidence about their chances for success, and benefit from strong mentor relationships.

Goals of mentoring a Making Connections student:

  • To provide students with a positive role model
  • To provide insight to the professional and college communities
  • To offer personal and career guidance
  • To expand the students’ horizons
  • To offer emotional and psychological support

Being a mentor

Making Connections students are matched with either a college student or professional who shares common educational and/or career interests. The primary objective of a mentor relationship is to support students in their transition to college.

What will be my role as a Making Connections mentor?

To give a high school student from the Seattle area the best mentoring experience possible. To be a caring adult who supports and encourages your mentee to pursue her aspirations to enroll in higher education and explore her many career options in math, science, and technology.

What is the time commitment?

Making Connections mentors are encouraged to:

  • Attend a mandatory mentor orientation
  • Communicate at least once per week with your Making Connections student
  • Attend monthly Making Connections events with your student
  • Provide monthly updates to program staff

What are the roles and expectations of a Making Connections mentor?

  • To be a strong listener
  • Impart to your student the standards and expectations of the college and/or professional environment- what steps did you take to get to where you are today?
  • Share college and work experiences with your student
  • Be a resource to your student by providing advice on how to network and gain contacts for professional opportunities

What are the requirements to become a Making Connections mentor?