Why is it important to be a mentor? (Mentor’s role)
A Mentor is a person who guides the science fair competitor during his research journey. A mentor is a guide, not a solution.
Mentors open doors for students, giving them access to cutting-edge laboratory equipment or to other research opportunities at their university, organization, or lab. When mentoring takes place in the adult’s research setting, students are immersed in the culture of scientific research and discovery.
Even from a distance, mentors can provide an expert’s ear, offering advice, direction, and encouragement during challenging aspects of the research process.
Who can be a mentor?
• A science teacher
• A university student
• Researchers at scientific institutions
• Professors at local universities
• Former students in ISEF
• A PHD professor
• A Parent