Akamai Mentor Workshop

Preparing Mentors to create productive student projects in the STEM workforce.

ISEE’s Mentor Workshop integrates nearly two decades of internship program experience into a unique workshop for engineers, technologists, and scientists who will soon provide a summer project to college students.

ISEE's Mentor Workshop will not be offered in 2021 due to COVID-19. We are very sorry, and look forward to offering the workshop in 2022.

The workshop is 1.5 days, and typically includes 25-30 mentors from Hawai’i telescopes and tech industry. 

Before the workshop participants read articles that give them insight into research that relates to diversity and inclusion, ownership, and how in-the-moment interactions with the student have an impact on their overall experience. At the workshop, they discuss what they’ve read with instructors and other participants, and apply it to the project they have in mind for their student intern. By the end of the workshop participants develop a mentor plan that:

  • Outlines a student project that is valuable to the mentor and educational for the student.
  • Teaches students critical thinking skills and processes that are valued in the workplace.
  • Fosters student ownership over project and promoting self-initiative.
  • Supports student in developing an identity as a scientist/engineer.
  • Includes explicit strategies on giving effective feedback to student.

Many participants return and participate in the workshop, creating an enduring community of mentors on Hawai’i Island and Maui where many of the world’s premier telescopes are located.

Participating mentors and organizations

Currently, this workshop is offered in Hawai’i each May, with funding from the National Science Foundation (AST#163290 and AST#1743117).

Please contact us with any questions: isee@ucsc.edu

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Learn about becoming a mentor.

2019 Mentor Workshop, held at the Naniloa in Hilo, May 17-18, 2019

2018 Mentor Workshop held at the Naniloa in Hilo May 18-19, 2018

Mentor Workshop 2018  Mentor Workshop 2018 

2017 Mentor Workshop held at the Naniloa in Hilo May 19-20, 2017

 Group photo - Mentor Workshop 2017  Mentor Workshop 2017

2016 Mentor Workshop held at the Waikola Marriot in Waikola May 13-14, 2016

Group photo - Mentor Workshop 2016