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Written by Katie Stinson


The National Research Mentoring Network’s guided virtual mentoring platform, MyMentor, launched on January 22, 2018 and has been helping mentors and mentees strengthen their education and careers ever since! Our latest surge started with some eager academic coordinators that sought a way to enhance their summer programs through mentoring.

Most undergraduate summer programs provide their students with an on-campus mentor. However, we have found that a multi-faceted mentoring approach yields the best results for students, especially in the undergraduate level. This summer, we have had the pleasure to work with students from the following programs:

Pairing students with an on-campus mentor during their summer program is a wonderful way to quickly build a level of comfort in a new environment. But what happens to the on-campus mentor once the summer program ends? The best-case scenario is for the student and mentor to keep in touch via phone calls or emails. But if that communication practice wasn’t implemented during the summer, then it likely won’t continue for very long into the new academic year. This is where the benefit of MyMentor comes into play.

The MyMentor connections start out as a 4-month duration but can be customized to the length desired by the mentor and mentee. Thus, the mentoring connections established in the beginning of the summer programs will carry them into the start of the new semester, hopefully building a repertoire and relationship to assist in the years to come. Plus, because the communication is predominately virtual, it can easily find a place in even the busiest of schedules.

The MyMentor platform is viewed as a place where an individual can find another individual and be matched into a mentoring connection. Whereas, in fact, it can be catered to the needs of specific groups and organizations. This article only discusses the summer programs that have benefitted from including MyMentor in their curriculum, but there is so much more that can be offered and curated exclusively for any NRMN partners. If you would like to learn more about how MyMentor can benefit your organization or if you are an individual who needs help finding a mentor, please contact Katie Stinson at

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