Mentee Guidelines

Mentoring Circles Program – Guidelines for Mentees 

For the mentoring program to succeed, both mentors and mentees must commit to establishing a partnership based on open communications and productive and proactive interactions. Listed below are the roles and responsibility of each mentee of the mentoring circle. 

(Registration for the 2017/2018 Mentoring Circles is now closed)

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Identify your role as a mentee

  • Have a clear understanding of why you want to be mentored and what you want to gain from the program 
  1. Communicate your expectations

  • Have a clear understanding of your expectations for your mentor 
  • Clearly communicate those expectations 
  • Stay flexible in changing expectations or plans 
  • Create goals with milestones and deliverables 
  • Inform your mentor about your preferred learning style 
  • Be realistic about setting timelines  
  • Be proactive, willing and responsive 
  • Be respectful of other people’s time 
  1. Work together

  • Listen and contribute to the conversation 
  • Always be engaging and participative during the program 
  • Understand that your mentor will not have all the answers 
  • Accept and provide constructive feedback 
  • Set time aside for self-reflection 
  • Evaluate progress 
  • Be consistent and reliable 
  • Provide the program coordinator with updates as requested during the course of the program 
  • Provide evaluations of the experience  

Program Bylaws

  • Allow 2-3 hours of face-to-face meetings with your group once every 2 months. During the months that the group doesn’t meet we encourage communication via email or phone as decided by the need and availability of circle members 
  • Be an active listener and engage the group in meaningful conversations about professional and personal development in line with the objectives and goals set during the orientation. 
  • Provide feedback using the evaluation surveys (when provided) to help assess and improve the mentoring program. 
  • Make efforts to attend the kick-off orientation session and closing events. 
  • All mentees must be an AWIS National member with affiliation to the Chicago-Chapter. 
  • All mentees must pay the program fee of $20.  
  • All topics, items, or issues discussed must stay confidential within the circle. 



2017 AWIS-Chicago Innovator:
Ramille Shah, Ph.D
Northwestern University

2017 AWIS-Chicago Motivator:
Jini Ramprakash, MBA, M.Sc.
Argonne National Laboratory