National Mentoring Community

The National Mentoring Community connects historically marginalized and minoritized students with a network of mentors to support them on their academic and career journeys.

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A community committed to diversity

Getting started with the National Mentoring Community is easy. Create a free account or log in with your existing APS account to register as a mentor or mentee. Once you're logged in, students can find a mentor, and prospective mentors can apply.

Learn more about the NMC program

Become an NMC mentor or mentee

APS welcomes mentors at all career levels and from all sectors to serve on the NMC. Students from all backgrounds may sign up as mentees, though NMC prioritizes students who identify as Black/African American, Latinx, or Indigenous.

Becoming a mentor

As an NMC mentor, you are supporting Black/African American, Latinx, and Indigenous students and strengthening an inclusive and equitable physics community by fostering diverse talents.

The NMC accepts new mentors once a year during the fall.

Learn more about mentoring with NMC

Becoming a mentee

As an NMC mentee, you can find support for your undergraduate or graduate physics education and connect to physicists who are dedicated to helping you succeed.

What students can expect

Mentoring timeframe

The NMC is flexible to meet the needs of both mentors and mentees, who mutually determine the amount of time that works best for their mentoring relationship. Mentoring relationships typically last at least one academic year, with many mentees keeping the same mentor throughout their entire academic career.