Mentoring Program

NOGLSTP has partnered with MentorNet®, the E-Mentoring Network for Diversity in Engineering and Science, to provide on-line mentoring opportunities for its gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) students in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The NOGLSTP-MentorNet partnership provides NOGLSTP with a national e-mentoring network that unites academic institution, corporate institution, and scientific and technical professional society mentors with GLBT college and graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and early-career faculty through MentorNet’s award-winning One-on-One Mentoring Programs. To participate, protégés must be a NOGLSTP member or a student at a MentorNet participating college or university, while mentors have educational or professional backgrounds in engineering or science. In addition to offering traditional one-on-one mentoring through the transition of college student to workforce employee, the NOGLSTP Mentoring Project hopes to help its protégés to answer questions unique to the career-bound LGBT community, such as:

  • If /when to come out in an interview?
  • Should one de-gay one’s life at school or work?
  • What companies are gay-friendly?
  • Should I join a student or Employee Resource Group or a professional association like NOGLSTP?

We also hope to help the corporate world to fill its pipeline of potential employees with the next generation of the LGBT community’s best and brightest science and technology candidates.


Protégés: Get career advice from an LGBT engineer or scientist!

Here is an opportunity for student NOGLSTP members studying science, mathematics or engineering. Get “real world” information, encouragement, advice, and access to professional networks from LBGT professionals working in your field.

Until now, MentorNet’s One-on-One Mentoring Programs focused on matching women and underrepresented minorities with female or male professionals from all sectors as mentors for one-on-one, email-based mentoring (e-mentoring) relationships. Now, NOGLSTP members who are students, can join the program regardless of whether their university is a program participant, and be matched with LGBT mentors.

Choose from two types of mentoring programs:

  1. the Industry E-Mentoring Program: for protégés interested in working in industry or at a government laboratory or agency
  2. the Academic Career E-Mentoring Program: for graduate students, postdocs and untenured faculty pursuing faculty careers

The program has proven effective by providing “real world” information, encouragement, advice, and access to networks that are otherwise often unavailable to those underrepresented in the fields of engineering and science. This is why over 90% of participants would recommend MentorNet’s e-mentoring programs to a friend or colleague.

Mentors: E-mentoring opportunity – just 20 minutes per week

The NOGLSTP Mentoring Project, in partnership with The MentorNet One-on-One Mentoring Program, is a chance to make a big difference in the life of a student in as little as 20 minutes a week.

NOGLSTP members who are science and engineering professionals in industry and government, either currently active, on leave, or retired, are invited volunteer to mentor engineering and science community college, undergraduate, and graduate students, particularly LGBT people, women and underrepresented minorities, who are interested in pursuing a professional future in the fields of engineering and science.

NOGLSTP members who are tenured faculty members are invited to mentor LGBT graduate students, postdocs and untenured faculty pursuing faculty careers.

Though mentors volunteer their time to benefit the protégé, they can also find a rewarding experience for themselves. “I hope [my student] is getting as much out of it as I am,” is how one MentorNet mentor puts it. Well over 90% of participants would recommend MentorNet’s e-mentoring programs to a friend or colleague.

Mentoring relationships last 8 months. Because mentors and students communicate entirely by email, they can communicate wherever and whenever they choose. MentorNet’s research-based programs have proven effective by providing “real world” information, encouragement, advice, and access to networks for students, and particularly for those underrepresented in engineering and science fields. “My mentor always gives me the encouragement that I need,” says one MentorNet student. “Sometimes those few words make a big difference to me.”

Since 1998, MentorNet has matched almost 15,000 protégés and mentors with strong results. We hope you will join them!

How to get involved in the Mentoring Program
As this project develops, details are subject to change

  • Participation is free to all NOGLSTP members.
    • All NOGLSTP members who are undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs and early-career faculty may apply to be a protégé through the MentorNet® portal, regardless of whether their academic institution is a MentorNet® participant.
    • All NOGLSTP members and affiliates who are established in their careers are eligible to volunteer as mentors.
  • How to become a Protégé or Mentor
    1. If you are a NOGLSTP member, make sure your membership status is current. You can do this by examining the date code on your most recent newsletter label, or check with the NOGLSTP Office. If you are not a NOGLSTP member, you may join now online.
    2. Register as a member of the MentorNet® community, and create a protégé or mentor profile. Be sure to select National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals as your affiliation, so we can track your participation. Creating your profile may involve submitting references that will verify your student or employment status. MentorNet will ask us to confirm that you are a member, so please be patient.
    3. Wait to be notified of a potential protégé-mentor match.
    4. Protégés with a match: review the profile of your potential mentor(s) and accept or decline the match. Please note: your matches will be based on the priorities and interest areas you indicate in your profile, not necessarily exclusively with LGBT people.
    5. Mentors with a match: confirm your availability when informed of your match
  • Support the NOGLSTP Mentoring Project with your generous corporate donations. The NOGLSTP Mentoring Project is funded by
      • Founding Sponsors (>$10000): IBM (2005)
      • Strategic Sponsors ($5000 – $9999):your company name here
      • Leadership Sponsors ($1000 – $4999): Amy Ross (2005-2008); Medtronic (2007); Motorola Solutions Foundation (2013, 2014)

Contact the NOGLSTP Mentoring Project Coordinator for more details about sponsoring this project.


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  • Career Resources
  • Mentoring Program
  • Out to Innovate™ Summit for LGBTQ People in STEM
  • Recognition Awards
  • Scholarships
  • Symposia and Workshops