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About Erin Thomas

Erin L. Thomas, Gender Diversity Specialist, works to develop systematic approaches for the representation, development and advancement of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers at Argonne while engaging both female and male staff. Dr. Thomas has a PhD in Social Psychology from Yale University, where she conducted research on race and gender perceptions in workplace, economic and social policy contexts. She also received bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and International Studies and a master’s of science from Yale.

Peer mentoring

Mentoring is often conceived of as occurring between individuals with different professional ranks. Do you think it’s possible to be effectively mentored by a peer?

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There are many ways to mentor

The common conception of mentoring is a formal arrangement that entails meeting one-on-one with a mentee. What other models of mentoring have you employed? Some examples would be mentoring several people in one meeting, such as a mentoring circle, or … Read More »

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What kinds of mentors are you looking for?

Mentors can fill a variety of professional needs — from advising you on which conferences to attend to helping you integrate work and home life. What are you looking for most in a mentor?

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Mentoring ≠ free lunch

It may seem intuitive that the mentor steer the relationship with his/her mentee — after all, (s)he is likely the senior party. However, it can be argued that mentees should be more proactive than their mentors in directing the partnership. … Read More »

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Three strategies for connecting with would-be mentors

The first step to a fruitful mentoring relationship is recognizing its potential value. Now that you’ve done that, think about how to reach out to would-be mentors. These three strategies should help get you started. Impress, then request. The easiest … Read More »

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Mentoring: what is it good for?

Good mentoring relationships should be a two-way street in that both mentees and mentors should gain from their interactions. How does mentoring benefit you?

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How many mentors do you have?

Do you sometimes experience “Mentoring Prince(ss) Charming Syndrome (MPCS)?” It’s the notion that one person can and will address all of your career concerns. Avoid MPCS by taking the time to outline your top two or three career priorities for the year. … Read More »

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What is a mentor?

Mentors come in all shapes and sizes and fulfill diverse sets of needs.                                   What is your definition of a mentor?

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