In order to encourage the MentorNet Community to develop in a manner responsive to the
needs of its members, MentorNet has not set any hard rules for participation,
but has established the following guidelines to help make the
community a free, supportive, and open environment. Members are reminded that their participation is
bound by the Terms of Service.
Comments, complaints and compliments may be sent to: email@example.com.
MentorNet is The E-Mentoring Network
for Diversity in Engineering and Science. In order to further MentorNet's mission and goals, the MentorNet Community has been developed to be as inclusive
as possible while keeping its focus on supporting women and others underrepresented in engineering and science.
There are no hard and fast eligibility requirements to join the MentorNet Community; please note however, that MentorNet is currently intended for and directed to adults.
The list below is intended to help you decide if this community is the right place for you by listing some of the characteristics of members for which this community has been developed. You do not have to
have all of these characteristics to become a community member, and while MentorNet is designed particularly for women professionals and students, men are welcome and valued members, too.
- Women and men with
educational or professional backgrounds in engineering, science, technology, or math.
- Community college,
undergraduate and graduate students considering or pursuing a degree or
certificate in engineering, science, technology, or math,
but not pursuing pre-medicine, pre-dental, pre-nursing or pre-veterinary
- Postdocs in
engineering, science, technology, or math.
- Female and male
professionals with backgrounds in engineering, related sciences and
technologies or mathematics, interested in mentoring others.
- Science and engineering
professionals and students looking for mentoring and support regarding
their chosen field or career.
- Women and people of color interested in
exploring careers in engineering, science, technology, or math.
- Anyone interested in
women's issues, diversity and advancement in engineering, related sciences and
technologies or mathematics.
One-on-One E-Mentoring Program
Certain eligibility requirements must be met in order to participate in the MentorNet One-On-One E-Mentoring Program. First, you must be a
MentorNet Community member. Further requirements for mentors and protégés are as follows:
To be a MentorNet Mentor you must meet ALL of the following criteria:
- You have a degree and at least 2 years professional work experience in engineering, science, technology, mathematics, medicine or related disciplines.
- You are willing to mentor, via email and for an extended period, a MentorNet protégé, who will be
- a student at an institution of higher education at any level, 1st year through Ph.D.; or
- a postdoctoral researcher or scholar at an institution of higher education or laboratory; or
- an untenured faculty member.
(You will be able to state your preference when you fill out your profile.)
A MentorNet Protégé must meet ALL of the following criteria:
- You are pursuing a degree, certificate, or postdoc in engineering, science, technology, mathematics, medicine or are an early-career faculty person within these fields.
- Currently enrolled as a community college, undergraduate, or graduate student, OR employed as a postdoctoral scholar or untenured faculty member.
- Enrolled or employed at a college or university partnering with MentorNet, OR associated with one of MentorNet's Affiliated Partners Plus.
- Willing to exchange email messages regularly with a mentor over an 8-month period.
While participation in the MentorNet E-Forum discussion groups is generally
open to all community members, there are some discussion groups that may have
restricted membership; for example, a group restricted to mentors participating
in the One-on-One E-Mentoring Program. In these cases, eligibility is determined
automatically by member participation in certain community features or by the
member's relation to the MentorNet organization (e.g., representatives of
MentorNet's sponsors and participating campuses).
Only students attending one of MentorNet's participating campuses
may place their résumé in the résumé database. Only representatives of MentorNet's Visionary, Strategic, and Leadership Circle partners
have access to search the posted résumés.
MentorNet is an equal opportunity organization. MentorNet will not
discriminate against any program participant because of race, color, religion,
creed, age, sex, national origin (including, without limitation, those for whom English is a
second language or those who are immigrants), ancestry, physical or mental
disability (including learning disabilities), past history of mental
disorder, medical condition including pregnancy, family care leave, cancer
and AIDS, status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the wars including
Vietnam, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-program
related factor. Program participation is based on eligibility and will not be
unlawfully influenced or unlawfully affected by the characteristics of any
program applicant or participant. MentorNet will take affirmative action to
ensure that program applicants are considered for participation in the program, and
program participants are treated during their participation in the program, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin or any other non-program related factor.
Such action will include, but will not be limited to: participation as a member of the MentorNet Community, creating a mentor or protégé profile, being matched in the One-on-One E-Mentoring Program and participation in the E-Forum.
Please review MentorNet's Privacy Statement to learn how MentorNet handles your information.
Be aware that if you post to the discussion groups in the MentorNet E-Forum, your email address may be posted for all users to view (you do have the option to post anonymously) and if you add a signature to your postings, personal information may also be posted. In addition, please be aware that MentorNet staff and MentorNet's sponsor and campus
representatives are welcome to participate in the discussion groups and may read your postings.
Not only does MentorNet have a responsibility to respect your privacy, members of the community have a responsibility to respect each other's privacy. Never give out another members' private information (email address, name, username, etc.) without their permission. Please do not forward postings with personally identifying information (including the member's name and/or email address) to another MentorNet discussion group or outside the MentorNet community
without the member's permission.
At the time of registration, and at any time thereafter through your
profile, you may opt-out of receiving several types of email from MentorNet. However,
by becoming a MentorNet Community member, you agree to receive by email invitations to participate in MentorNet evaluations,
MentorNet fundraising solicitations, and site and service updates. If you request not to receive any
MentorNet email, your community membership will be inactivated.
Users may be removed from the community for
inappropriate behavior, either observed by MentorNet staff or reported
by other users, including (but not limited to; see Terms of Service for more detail):
Users may be contacted prior to removal and the inappropriate postings permanently removed.
Users will also be removed for violating MentorNet's Terms of Service.
- abusive language
- posting of illegal and illegally obtained materials
- posting of copyrighted materials without proper permissions
- impersonating a MentorNet staff member, community member or other person
- posting of pornography
- use for commercial
Problems may be reported to MentorNet staff at: