Mentoring Program

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Sign up here for the 2018-19 mentoring program: survey link (deadline: September 15th). Priority is given in the order people sign up, so don’t wait!

The GWAMIT mentoring program matches graduate women with successful women professors and alumni who can provide professional and/or personal advice. Survey questions are concerned with issues such as the nature of the advice the participant desires to give/receive, the desired times of meetings, and the desired meeting locations.

Each fall, GWAMIT Mentoring hosts a beginning-of-term dinner for mentors and mentees. At this dinner, groups meet for the first time and decide on guidelines for the mentoring relationship. Groups are required to meet once a month for at least a semester. After a semester, participants can choose to be re-matched, or to not continue, if the relationship is not working. We hold another group dinner at the end of the spring semester. This fall, the mentoring program is serving over 50 mentoring groups, with over 100 mentees.

Events and Updates

April 2017: Our next lunch event will be on April 11. Details will go out in an email with an RSVP form.

March 2017: Thank you to everyone who attended our mid-year dinner! We hope you enjoyed the event and the speaker, and are looking forward to seeing many of you again for our next lunch event in April.

Mentors and mentees in discussion with the speaker.

Get Involved

Why join the GW@MIT mentoring program? Mentors and mentees alike benefit from the opportunity to connect with and learn from other women. The program offers students a unique opportunity to talk to someone who is an experienced leader in her field in an informal context, and to receive advice and support on both academic and non-academic topics. In the words of one of our mentors: “The GWAMIT Mentoring Program strengthens the professional network of women at MIT and is an enjoyable way for faculty to contribute to a sense of community beyond the research group.”

If you are interested in participating in the program or would like to be on the graduate student planning committee, please contact

“Dear Kate” Column

In Spring 2013, the Mentoring Committee launched “Dear Kate,” an advice column series on the GWAMIT Blog. The namesake of this advice column is Katharine McCormick. She was the second woman to graduate from MIT, the benefactor of McCormick Hall, a suffragist and a philanthropist. We hope to continue her legacy and dedication to the advancement of women through this advice column.

If you have a question that you would like to ask our panel of experts (GWAMIT mentors), please submit it here. All submissions are completely anonymous. We will submit a subset of questions to a selection of mentors in industry and academia at a variety of ages and career levels, and post their responses on the blog.

We hope you enjoy this new feature, and please feel free to use this column to spark discussion among your own mentoring groups!

2016-2017 Mentoring Committee:
 Co-Chairs: Irene Dedoussi & Jen Gong
        Matching Lead: Erika Handly
        Mentor Recruitment Lead: Jesse Tordoff
        Website and Blog Lead: Hannah Mark
        Mentoring Relations Lead: Sarah Goodman
        Events Chair: Yi Huang