Over the past three years, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), through a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, has conducted a mentoring program, the goal of which is to increase the number of women in science (see story on page 1). Whereas mentoring is traditionally viewed as a one-on-one relationship taking place in an academic setting, the Sloan mentoring grant supported development of a nationwide outreach program targeting women undergraduate and graduate students. The program has been a great success.
A recent survey revealed that while 76 percent of the participating students felt they had been impeded, because of their gender, in the pursuit of their scientific degrees and careers, 61 percent reported that the AWIS mentoring program had helped them address those barriers.
Although most scientists do not have the financial resources to initiate large-scale mentoring programs, there is much that individuals--men as well as...
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