The Importance of Mentorship

Mentorship is an extremely valuable resource for a young scientist! Mentors can help guide research, trouble-shoot experiments and give advice on how to deliver your findings.

Astrophysicist, educator, inventor and Science Channel Host Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi told The Young Scientist Team, "Mentorship is paramount. The scientific process, the process by which we uncover new information and invent new technologies, requires certain skills that virtually no one is born with but everyone can learn. The way that we learn it is by working with mentors."

So, how do you find a mentor? Here's a message from 2016 Young Scientist Challenge Finalist Amelia Day with a tip on where to start. Click below to watch the full video!

As Amelia said, you do not have to go far to find a good mentor! Reach out to your teachers, science fair judges and organizers, and other adults in your community to see if they or other people within their network would be able to act as a mentor. You may be surprised at how willing people will be to help!

Follow us on Twitter @3M and @DiscoveryEd and tell us why you want a mentor using #YoungScientist and be sure to submit your entry before the April 19th, 2018, deadline.