CONFERENCE MENTORING

Update from the NERA Mentoring Program

Tanesia Beverly, Law School Admissions Council
Jerusha Henderek, National Board of Medical Examiners


The goal of the Mentoring Program is to connect Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and new and early career NERA members with mid- and late-career NERA members for professional and academic development. The Mentoring Program is focused on improving not just the quantity, but the quality of mentoring that occurs during and outside of the annual conference. This year, the program matched 22 mentor/mentee pairs, continuing the tradition of providing direct networking connections. Most of the mentees and mentors (76%) were interested in collaborating on research.
 
The Co-Chairs would like to thank the mentors and mentees for their willingness to participate in this program. We would like to thank the Mentors for sharing their time, energy, and experiences with early career and student NERA members. We know that this work is time-consuming and hope that you benefitted from sharing your experience with others. We would like to thank the mentees for their willingness to step outside their comfort zone and connect with professionals in educational research. We know that this can be a daunting task. We applaud mentees for their openness to ask for help, and we are grateful to be part of a professional community that is safe and supportive enough for individuals to ask for and receive mentoring from fellow members.

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