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Mentorship is a key factor in the success of student scientists and engineers, and SARSEF staff continue to recruit volunteers who can provide opportunity and guidance to the many students excited to get involved in research.

A mentor is a volunteer who typically has a research component to their career or studies. While some are established in their careers, others are currently working on earning their degree. The common factor among all mentors is a dedication to helping the next generation explore and succeed in career paths related to their work.

Mentors support students by providing guidance throughout the process of planning, doing, and reporting out on a research project. They offer academic and career advice as well as access to the resources and knowledge students need to pursue their work. We utilize mentors in our STAR Lab as well as part of our Racing the Sun engineering program.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor to a high school student as they conduct research in a science, technology, engineering, or math field, reach out to Margaret Wilch at