A mentor is an advisor or consultant with much experience in your area of research or engineering.   A mentor may also help with setting practical goals, developing other contacts, identifying resources, offering career advice and serving as a role model.

Students sometimes find mentors by contacting research institutions, or Google searching the topic to identify names of current published researchers who might agree to help.  Alternately, WSSEF has many connections within the scientific community and we may be able to assist you.

Some mentors may be able to offer resources in the way of lab space, equipment and material.  

Before you reach out, you should have some idea of what you want to explore.  The mentor will be impressed if you have studied the literature and prepared yourself.

If you are having trouble finding help, contact  and we will do our best to connect you with someone.  Please tell us where in Washington State you are located; what topic you are interested in and why; and, how many hours a week you expect to spend on this project.

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