i-Trek is looking for volunteer mentors to help guide our research students (Trekkers) as they attempt to complete their pre-defined research project. Mentors guide Trekkers as they plan and formulate their research project by providing advice and expertise. Being a mentor is a highly rewarding experience and a chance to directly impact promising STEM students. Mentors are highly encouraged to accompany the students on their Trek which occurs during a two week period early in the summer of 2017. During this time, students build their prototype, test and present their findings. Our Trekkers are selected because of their strong interest in STEM and lack of support or resources at their home institution. By participating in our program, they gain invaluable experience and skills that they need to continue their journeys toward promising STEM careers. If you would like to become a mentor, please review the upcoming Trek and complete the application. Mentors are selected based on the expertise necessary for each research project and, because they are required to work closely with Trekkers, MUST undergo a background check.
What is i-Trek?
In order to address the lack of diversity among STEM degree recipients (science, technology, engineering and math), i-Trek (I Turn Research into Empowerment and Knowledge) has developed a platform that aims to provide underserved and underrepresented students with the skills and resources necessary to succeed in STEM undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The underrepresented and underserved communities include students of lower income, women, and minorities who often face obstacles in obtaining equal support or access to the resources required for success in STEM. It is through community outreach and the Trek Mentorship Program that i-Trek aims to encourage a high level of interest in STEM and create a pipeline for increased participation in those areas of study.
What is the 2017 Research Topic?
The 2017 Trekkers are attempting to build and test an affordable, portable water tester that is capable of detecting higher concentrations of lead (Pb) and other possible harmful metals.
What is expected of mentors?
Have experience and skills relevant to the field of the Trek research project
Once a week check-ins with your assigned student(s) (can be emails)
Monthly conference calls with your assigned student(s)
Availability to accompany the Trekkers on all or some portion of the Trek (summer 2017)
Provide guidance to the Trekkers throughout the entire Trek process (i.e. review student papers, answer research specific questions, point to applicable papers)
Why Should you be a Mentor?
Being an i-Trek mentor is a great way to:
Positively impact students interested in STEM
Find new applications for your research
Gain academic research experience as you guide a team of researchers
Bi-weekly check in with students and preferably a two week (expense paid for) research trip with the students in the summer.
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