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Minority Mentoring Supplement

Posted on February 9, 2009

The W.T. Grant Foundation supports mentoring between scholars and early career researchers, explains Vivian Tseng (bio).


The other thing we started recently with the scholars program is, we are awarding $60,000.00 supplements to existing William T. Grant scholars for them to mentor some of their junior colleagues of color. So they identify a graduate student, or a post-doc that they'd like to work with. And so, this is a great opportunity for us, because we're interested in this pipeline issue of getting more people of color through the research pipeline.

But it also enables the William T. Grant scholars to focus on their mentoring skills and experiences. And this, we've just gotten great feedback from the scholars about this, because there aren't a lot of incentives and supports for becoming better mentors. And so, that's something that they have really appreciated is here's an opportunity and a space to think about what it means to be a mentor, how to become a better mentor, and to be supported by their colleagues and by the foundation in trying to do that; to become better mentors. And that's just been great.

And they, we bring them together once a year as well, both the mentors and mentees together, and to try to support the development of their relationships, and to also support the junior folks in becoming stronger researchers, to support the scholars in becoming better mentors. And then, to work on developing their relationships with one another.

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Excerpted from interview with researcher at the 2008 Leadership Training Institute in Bethesda, MD.


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