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If you’re a high school or college student with an interest in biomedical sciences, or healthcare careers, the NIH has set up an electronic mentoring program to help you find a guide.

The mentoring happens via email and students must be 16 yrs or older.

The site claims the mentors are carefully screened. I’m not sure what screening means to the NIH. At our local high school, they used to require that mentors get fingerprinted and have a background check. Maybe NIH screening means you have to have gotten a grant funded or be registered in the NIH commons.

Please note: the program is open to US students and professionals only.

Cross posted at www.bio-link.org


  1. This is great. Thanks for the post!

    While I can’t speak to the effectiveness of an electronic mentoring program, I work with a nonproift organization that partners research scientists with students in the field . It is always amazing to watch how engaged students can become in science after being exposed to field research and working under the supervision of an active conservation biologist. I hope the NIH programs are equally effective!

    Thanks again.

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    July 16, 2010


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  3. #3 Molly
    August 4, 2010

    Sounds like a great program, thanks for sharing! As a science educator and blogger, have you heard about the advice opportunity for young scientists, lead by science writer Ed Yong?

    On the Origin of Science Writers, http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2010/07/29/on-the-origin-of-science-writers/.

    As a science blogger, it seems like an opportunity you may be interested in. Again, thanks for the post!

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