On 2 May 2022, Global Talent Mentoring welcomed new mentees who will embark on their long-term mentoring journeys towards excellence in STEMM. Applicants came from five continents and were selected for participation after first being nominated by one of our partner institutions and then completing our comprehensive application. These exceptionally talented, passionate youths join the inaugural cohort of mentees that started in our mentoring program last April.
With a new year of mentoring, we welcome new dreams and ambitions to our international mentoring community. One new mentee from East Asia would like to use genetic engineering to eradicate foodborne diseases. A motivated student from Europe would like to work with a mentor on making quantum computers available for consumers. And a talented youth from South Asia aspires to better detect dormant cancer cells in order to prevent the resurgence of tumors. These are just a few of the examples of the dreams driving the highly talented, passionate youths who have joined our mentoring program this month.
In our first year of mentoring, we introduced enhancements to our online mentoring platform that we are excited to share with the incoming class of mentees. First-year platform additions included an area to post about achievements and opportunities, enhanced profiles designed to track goals and goal achievement, and members-only community events. In the upcoming mentoring year, we will also roll out a collaboration area where participants can create joint projects with each other. In our long-term mentoring program, where mentees can participate for up to ten years, we look forward to fostering the STEMM talent development of all of the outstanding youths in our program by providing a structured online mentoring and networking experience that effectively supports their needs.
We have already matched most of our new mentees with mentors willing to volunteer their time and STEMM expertise. These new mentee–mentor dyads are currently in the early stages of getting to know each other. Because of the specialized nature of the mentees’ interests, however, we are still seeking additional STEMM expert mentors. We therefore encourage you to invest in the future of your STEMM field by mentoring a young STEMM talent. Please visit our Current Mentor Needs page to register as a mentor today!