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Women in Physics Mentoring


The MIT GWIP-UWIP mentoring program is a friendly, casual, supportive, and fun way for undergrad women in the physics department at MIT to spend about one hour per month chatting over coffee, ice cream, or lunch with someone who's survived being a physics major too!


We will pair up one or two interested undergrads with each grad student mentor, and give her money each month to take you to lunch. It's that simple! If you've ever wished you had someone to give you a little advice about finding a good UROP, answer your questions about what grad school is like, or just assure you that you'll make it through even though you feel overwhelmed with one too many problem set to finish -- all over an ice cream sundae -- then this program is for you.


For mentees (undergrads):


If you are an undergraduate woman in physics (or a first year who intends to declare physics) and interested in seeking a mentor for the current year, please apply when we send out the application to UWIP (about once a term.)


For mentors (grads):


Mentors should meet with their mentee(s) approximately once per month. Some flexibility is allowed, but on average the certificates or reimbursement should not be used more often than once per month (no more than 8 times for the academic year). At least initially, the grad student should take the initiative to set up the meetings. If a mentor chooses to use her own form of payment, she should save the reciept and follow the reimbursement procedures. The mentor will be reimbursed up to $15.00 for a meeting with one student or up to $30.00 for a meeting with two students. Any cost above this will not be reimbursed. If you have any questions about the finance side, please ask Kariuki Thande (kariukit [at] mit [dot] edu).