Mentoring Programs                                        

MRS-UTDallas Chapter Mentoring Committee:

Andrea Elaine Pearson-Haas

Angelica Azcatlas (

Marcela Mireles (

Monica Jung de Andrade (

Orlando Auciello (

Yves Chabal  (


MRS-UTDallas Chapter and Mentoring Programs:


Young Women in Science and Engineering Investigator (YWISEI)


The YWISEI program main goal is to inspire and encourage high school students from low socioeconomic groups to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Sponsored by the Engineering and Computer Science School at UT Dallas, Texas Instruments Foundation, and the Hirsch Family Foundation, the program provides mentoring and support for 30 high school students, in ten teams of three, over a one-year period to complete a science, technology, engineering and math project. The program also seeks to reward top young women STEM achievers by awarding a scholarship to UT Dallas in spring 2015 to the top three teams.

The success of the program and the students’ completion of their project depend on an advisory team of mentors comprised of UT Dallas students and professors, professionals from Texas Instruments and other corporations, and teachers.  Each mentor will guide one team of three participants through the project development cycle.  


To promote science research in a team environment, provide real world research and design experience to increase high school girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields where women are underrepresented. Through mentoring and hands-on experiments for a one-year STEM project developmental cycle, the student participants will gain experience with college level instruction and platforms for research.

The 2014-2015 Program will be bigger and better than in the previous two years. 


The applicant must:

  • Be a female student majoring in a engineering, Physics,  Chemistry, or Material Science
  • Be classified as a junior, senior or graduate student
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Maintain above a 3.0 grade-point-average
  • Have personal transportation or ability to navigate the DART transportation system
  • Have a sincere desire to help adolescent girls achieve project goals
  • Have strong listening skills and practical problem-solving skills, including ability to suggest options and alternatives.
  • Completed Application & Participation Agreement 
  • Scanned or printed copy of completed Dallas ISD online volunteer application and confirmation page
  • Completed Criminal Background Check Form
  • Receive a $500-stipend ($250 at the end of the fall and spring semesters) for participating
  • Receive training in creating a poster and  presentation skills
  • Network with industry professionals and develop personal and professional skills
  • Gain the satisfaction of helping a student reach her aspirations
  • Strengthen coaching and leadership skills by working with individuals from different backgrounds
  • Create a legacy by fostering knowledge in the mentee that can inspire new ideas for generations to come 
  • Orientation is on Saturday, Sept. 6th. 
  • Final matching is on the Saturday, Sept. 13th.
  • The mentor must commit for August 2014 through May 2015.



  Peer-Mentoring Pilot Program at MSE

The Peer Mentoring Pilot Program consists on mentor the junior grad  by senior grad students. The plan is to have a mentoring type I (one to one mentoring). New MSE graduate students (incoming class 2014 Fall) would automatically join this program.

Goals Professional development, to facilitate the transition for the new grad students, and to be a model program to UT Dallas. Matching may be done based on the country citizenship, gender and original major. 
Requirements Be a senior graduate student 
  • Formal training on mentoring, poster presentation, and oral presentation that will be given by experienced people
  •  Having an experience that will be valuable for your future profession no matter where you go
  • Adding something to your CV that will be noticed by industrial, government labs and university employers. It is an important factor, believe me!
  • Getting satisfaction and appreciation for doing this at all levels
  • Developing a closer relationship with another graduate student that may last a lifetime.
  • Eligibility for a “best mentor award” at the end of the year!

The orientation is on Aug. 20th. We need to finalize the list of mentors before then and do a pre-matching. The final matching will be on the 20th when the mentors will be invited to lunch with the new students


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