The goal of ACerS Mentor Programs is to connect members in an impactful way in order to help them grow personally and professionally.

ACerS currently offers a mentorship program aimed at students and also a NEW program that is aimed at faculty.

ACerS Student Mentor Program

If you are a student seeking to gain technical expertise in your field of study, professional development skills, practical advice, encouragement or support, then please consider applying for the program.

If you have been successful in your materials science career and are seeking to give back in any of these areas, then please consider applying to be a mentor. You will be leaving a lasting impact on an amazing materials science student!

Space is limited! Sign up early to ensure a spot in this year's program.

The 2020-2021 Student Mentor Program is now open. Apply below, today!

ACerS Faculty Mentor Program

If you are a faculty member seeking to gain pedagogical expertise in your field of study, professional development skills, practical advice, encouragement or support, then please consider applying for the program.

If you have been successful in your university career and are seeking to give back in any of these areas, then please consider applying to be a mentor. You will be leaving a lasting impact on amazing faculty members (and their students)!

Space is limited! Sign up early to ensure a spot in this year's program.

The NEW Faculty Mentor Program for 2021-2022 is now open. Apply below, today!

ACerS Mentor Programs Sign Up

ACerS is now offering a Student mentor program and NEW for 2021 is the Faculty mentor program.

Sign up below to be a mentor or mentee for the program(s) that apply to you.

Space is limited! Sign up early to ensure a spot in this year's program. You will indicate on the form, to which program you are applying.

Are you a faculty member seeking guidance? Also, willing to be a mentor to a student? Perfect! Sign up to be a mentor for the Student program, and sign up to be a mentee for the Faculty program.

We are seeking mentors for the Student program from all professional areas (university, corporate, national lab, manufacturing, etc.).

Personalized advice on professional development

The [student] mentorship program, facilitated by the External Partnerships Committee of the ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors, gives students the chance to obtain personalized advice on professional development.

The conversations with my past mentor gave me great insight into day-to-day academic life for young faculty. I was also able to get answers to questions I had about things such as time management, developing good writing habits, networking, and conflict resolution. The mentorship program has added a lot of value to my graduate training.

Levi Gardner - mentee

CONNECT  |  MOTIVATE  |  ACHIEVE

ACerS wants to help connect our members with each other in a mutually beneficial way. Past mentor program participants, whether mentee or mentor, have listed the numerous ways that mentorship has impacted their personal and professional lives.

Many mentor participants choose to return each program year to take on a new mentee, and/or continue with an existing mentee.

We hope is to continue to grow our ACerS Mentor Programs in future years. Watch out for more program offerings!

Perspectives from Mentor Program participants

2018-2019 Mentor-Mentee

Jorgen and Victoria are pictured above at MS&T19 in Portland, Oregon

I loved the phone calls with my mentee. We connected with each other on the first phone call. The framework of each monthly email was great to initially direct and structure our discussions however we rarely needed them. It was mostly the two of us riffing and having conversations around items that were on my mentee's mind. Sometimes the topics were pressing and sometimes exploratory but regardless I was able to share my experiences and methods that worked for me in the past as well as what I do presently. I hope it is a relationship that continues well into the future throughout both of our professional lives.

Jorgen Rufner - Mentor

My mentor, Jorgen, helped me with so many things during my first year of graduate school! He gave me great advice on figure-making when I was preparing to give my first seminar on my research and technical communication when I travelled internationally to Japan with my research group. He also opened my eyes to what it is like transitioning from working at a large company to a smaller one and the pros and cons of each type of job. We have very similar personalities and were able to relate to each other in so many ways! Getting to meet in person at MS&T 2019 in Portland was the icing on the cake of a wonderful mentorship program! I'm looking forward to keeping in touch with him throughout my time in graduate school and my future career!

Victoria Christensen - Mentee