Who is eligible?
We welcome faculty, researchers, and postdoctoral fellows across the biomedical and behavioral sciences to sign up as NRMNet Online Mentors and participate in the NRMNet Online Mentoring Program.
All NRMN programs are available to individuals regardless of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.
NRMN is dedicated to improving mentoring relationships by ensuring that NRMN Mentors are aware of critical attributes of effective mentoring and implementing evidence-based mentoring practices. As an NRMN Online Mentor, you exhibit the following characteristics:
- Interest in mentoring undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and/or faculty, particularly from diverse backgrounds (See NOT-OD-15-053 and NOT-OD-15-089)
- Commitment to completing a short, online training provided by NRMNet prior to initiating online mentoring
- Openness to self-assessment and improving mentoring skills; training opportunities will be provided through the NRMNet portal
- Knowledge, and/or willingness to learn, about the cultural aspects of mentoring mentees from diverse populations
- Willingness to use the prompts provided by the NRMNet Online Mentoring Program to initiate discussion with online mentee(s) and contribute new discussion prompts where gaps are identified
- Willingness to complete assessments of the NRMNet Online Mentoring Program and mentoring experience
If you wish to become an NRMN Online Mentor, but have not had the opportunity to develop these characteristics, we encourage you to take advantage of mentor training opportunities offered through NRMN.
What does NRMN online mentoring involve?
NRMN Online Mentors will commit to mentoring at least one NRMN Mentee for a four-month mentoring cycle. Depending on the career stage of the mentee, the length of the mentoring cycle and the frequency of contact will vary.
NRMN Online Mentors of undergraduate students: Pairs typically communicate 15-20 minutes weekly during a four-month mentoring cycle in which 16 prompts are presented for discussion. Following a cycle, mentees may invite their current mentor or a new mentor to begin a new mentorship. As the mentee advances, NRMNet provides prompts relevant to their current educational level and personal interests.
NRMN Online Mentors of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty: Pairs typically communicate 15-20 minutes every other week during a four-month mentoring cycle in which 10 prompts are presented for discussion. Following a cycle, mentees may invite their current mentor or a new mentor to begin a new mentorship. As the mentee advances, NRMNet provides prompts relevant to their current educational level and personal interests.