Ewgis FAQs for Mentees

  • Ewgis Mentor Application open: April 30, 2022

  • Informative session for mentors and mentees: May 6, 2022

  • Priority registration deadline: May 20, 2022, 11:55 pm EST

  • Final registration deadline: June 15, 2022, 11:55 pm EST

  • Pairing period for mentees (refuse or accept match within 24 hours of receipt): June 21-26

  • Summer Program: June 28 - August 13, 2022

  • Research Dates: July 4 - July 31, 2022

  • Research summary statement and program survey deadline: August 4, 2022

  • Participation in the Summer Writing Internship for mentees: Sep-Nov 2022

Q. What is Ewgis?

Ewgis is a 4-week research mentoring program that offers students the opportunity to connect with graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in their fields of interest. During the program, mentees receive 1:1 mentorship and attend events from June to July. The pairing of mentors with mentees is based on their shared research interests. All mentees and mentors are expected to participate for the entirety of the program and attend all events.

Q. Who can participate as an Ewgis mentee?

All students, from high school freshmen to college freshmen, are invited to participate in the program. No previous research experience is necessary. All fields are welcome, including disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, as long as they intersect with STEM.

Q. What can I expect to gain from Ewgis?

Whether or not you ultimately decide to pursue research, Ewgis is an opportunity to:

  • Explore research in different fields before you make a major or career choice.

  • Connect with graduate and postdoctoral mentors to learn what research life is all about.

  • Gain valuable academic mentorship and experience in research.

Q. What is the time commitment expected of mentees in the fall?

It is generally recommended that you have 6-10 hours available per week for research activity and mentor-mentee meetings. Mentees are welcome to participate in as many of the events offered through the program, based on availability.

Q. How do I register to become an Ewgis mentee?

Interested students should sign up to be an Ewgis mentee and register for the program through this link. Mentee registration for the current academic year typically closes before the July events as mentees must have participated in at least one event in the opening conference and actively participate in their research project.

Q. If I participate in the research program, do I have to also take part in Writing Summer Internship?

No, you are welcome to apply and participate in the Writing Summer Internship but it is not a requirement. If you are interested in the Writing Internship, you will need to send a new and different application.

Q. How does the mentorship pairing works?

Mentees-mentor pairing is based on the similarities between the mentees' field of interest stated in the application and the mentors' research experience in that field of interest. The geographic zone will also be taken into account to avoid time zone issues.

Q. What type of questions should I bring up when meeting with mentors?

To learn more about their research and how you can get involved in their field, you may ask questions like:

  • What are some papers or journals I can read to familiarize myself with your field?

  • Are there shadowing opportunities in your lab or department?

  • What does a typical day look like for you or someone in your field?

  • What are your interests apart from research?

Consider being friendly and ask about their life outside of research as well. You might find similarities you would have never imagined.

Q. What do meetups typically look like?

The meetups are intended to facilitate deeper connections and help the mentee feel comfortable and open with their mentee. Mentors are asked to coordinate follow-up meetings. Meetings can be in a variety of formats and are at the discretion of the mentor. For example, they could be 1:1 or small group meetings.

Q. How does the pairing process work?

Mentor-mentee pairs are meant to be the result of multiple meetings and discussions that confirm a shared alignment of research interest as well as compatibility to do work together. The pairing process is one of the key determinants of a productive and effective mentor-mentee Ewgis experience. The pairing process is based on their academic interest similarities and is typically formalized by the last days of June. You will not be “assigned” to a mentor; pairing is based on a mutual selection and agreement between you and your mentor. The program is designed for one-to-one pairings.

Q. Do you have any advice on selecting a mentor?

Yes! You’ll want to evaluate two main criteria when meeting with potential mentors. First, how well do your research interests align with that of the mentors? How excited are you by the topic/field? Second, can you imagine yourself spending four weeks researching with them over the summer? What is the mentor’s mentoring style and would your work style be a good fit with theirs?

Q. I’ve now identified my mentor pair; what should I do next?

Congratulations! Once you’ve formed a pair with a mentee. You will receive their profile and have 24 hours to accept or decline to work with them. Upon their submission, they will receive a pairing invitation via email and will have 24 hours to respond. Confirmed mentor-mentee pairs wishing to apply for Ewgis are expected to apply together.

Q. I’m interested in applying for Ewgis Summer Program. Where do I start?

Pairings interested in taking part in the Ewgis Summer Program should register to attend the Proposal Writing Workshop together. Applications for the summer program typically become available in April and close in late May (see Key Dates section for this year’s timeline). Additional information about the summer program is available here.

Q. The application asks for a ‘research plan’; what does that look like and how do I find a project for the summer?

A research plan describes the primary objectives and associated methods of your proposed research; it should include a description of your main tasks and responsibilities, as well as an envisioned week-by-week timeline for the summer. While your mentor might already have ideas for a project, you should work with them to find a project that is interesting and rewarding for you. You’ll want to consult with your mentor for guidance and feedback when writing your research plan and be prepared to revise it with your mentor more than once.

Q. I found a mentor and am excited about the summer program, but I am also applying to other summer opportunities as well. How should I navigate this with my mentor?

What we typically recommend in such circumstances is that you let your mentor know of your plans (transparency is key!) and go ahead with your Ewgis application to keep your options open. Those selected into the program will be informed on a rolling basis and given one week to formally agree to your commitment. If you end up accepting a different opportunity, be sure to let know as soon as possible.

Q. The program site states that the time required for the summer program is 10+ hours per week; would it be possible to also enroll in a summer course, a second internship, and/or take on a summer job during the program?

Participating in Ewgis are expected to fully immerse themselves in research for the duration of the summer program. Research is for a full-time commitment. Students should refrain from taking on other significant activities that overlap with the program dates; such activities include summer jobs (considered a half-time commitment), another internship, or an hourly job with excessive hours per week.

Q. How competitive is the Ewgis Program? How likely is it that we put together an application and are selected?

The selection process looks for applications with clearly articulated motives that outline relevant research topics, realistic scope, and a strong passion for STEM. While we expect to be able to fund a majority of proposals keep in mind that the acceptance rate will vary from year to year based on the application pool.

Q. Will the 2022 Ewgis Program be fully in-person or run remotely? What is the time commitment?

In the summer of 2022, we hope to run the program remotely. Participants are expected to attend events and meetings through video calls,

Q. What is the Summer Research Colloquium?

The Ewgis Workshops are weekly series that run concurrently with the Ewgis Summer Research Programs. They focus on best practices in mentorship, communicating research (e.g., writing a research report, presenting research to a general audience), and contributing to a diverse research community. Ewgis also hosts an opening conference to expose mentors, their research, individual paths through academia, and experiences with mentorship.

Q. What are the final deliverables of the summer program?

By the end of the program, mentees are typically expected to prepare a research progress report to share with their mentor and team. They are also called to prepare a research presentation or short research videos, which are then shared at the end-of-summer conference.

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