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The HGWISE Program is a group mentoring relationship that connects mentees with leaders in the organization to learn and develop. Mentoring helps you to expand networks, gain new knowledge and insights as well as build new skills.

Mentoring doesn’t just happen – it requires thoughtful matching based on individual needs and active participation through proven steps that map to participants’ unique objectives. With Chronus software’s MatchIQ® technology, students will be connected with mentors who are aligned with their specific development needs, resulting in better academic mentoring outcomes for participants; And mentoring participants will stay active with the software’s built-in, step-by-step guidance that enables a productive development experience, ensuring your personal outcomes will be achieved. 

Take the first step in furthering your development by joining HGWISE today!

Why Become a Mentor?

A mentor is a guide. A friend. A resource who helps pave the way for others to succeed. It’s not about having all the right answers. Your role as a mentor is to inspire, encourage, and support your mentee, contributing to their development through thoughtful conversation and consultation.

Why Become a Mentee?

With the help of a mentor, you can gain new knowledge and skillsets that can broaden your academic opportunities and personal networks for advancement. As a mentee, gain the confidence necessary to tackle short and long-term goals, navigate challenges, and accelerate your growth.


Graduate school is a pivotal time in a researcher’s career, and mentoring is among the most significant forces that shape a graduate student's experience and her future career trajectory. The HGWISE Graduate Mentoring Program connects graduate students in science, math, and engineering who are seeking mentorship with faculty and GSAS alumni working outside of academia. The mentorship especially targets issues of gender inequality, power dynamics, and work-life balance within academia and the workforce. Individuals can be matched in a group or one-on-one mentoring relationship. Mentoring group are encouraged to meet at least once a month to discuss topics of interest to women in science and engineering such as writing successful grant applications, achieving a work/life balance, and creating a career plan.

In 2008, in conjunction with the Harvard University Office of Faculty Development and Diversity and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the HGWISE Mentoring Program was initiated to address one of the most important needs for female graduate students: a diversity of good mentors and role models. This program has continually evolved to meet the needs of our current students. Graduate school is a pivotal time in a researcher’s career, and mentoring is one of the most significant forces that shapes a graduate student's experience and her future career trajectory.


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"I love the mentoring program! I've been hooked up with a fantastic woman who I've met with regularly, and it definitely helps me feel like I'm part of the community."

"[My mentor’s] office has been my safe space on campus.  A place that I feel safe to be vulnerable, express my ideas, doubts, worries, hopes and dreams.  I don't feel the pressure to have it all figured out, because she has taught me that its completely alright to figure things out as you go along.  That is what being a scholar and researcher is all about!"

"The conversations in our mentoring group gave us a glimpse into what it is like to be a professional in academia. I liked that the mentees were at different stages in their PhD programs."

"[My mentor] has gone above and beyond everything I hoped for in a mentor when I joined this program. After my year with her, I feel much better informed about the career paths available to me following graduation, and I am more confident in my ability to reach these positions."

“She has phenomenal advice, I feel I can discuss any aspect of lab and life with her and she's very supportive. Over the years she's helped me navigate some tough situations and I'm excited and honored to have her continued mentorship.”

“She really worked to not only mentor us individually but to bring us together into a cohesive support group for each other. She's been able to advise us all on totally different issues within one session and really made me feel like someone I can go to at any point.” 

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