I just found out that January is National Mentoring Month!
The idea of mentorship is central here (the eMentoring Network!), so this is a good excuse to remind myself: I think all of us can act as mentors (and mentees). Undergraduates can act as peer-to-peer mentors, helping out classmates. Joining a local math club is also a good way for us to support each other. Graduate students can also help out in math clubs, and can reach out to mentor undergraduates. A nice word from a grad student can go a long way for an undergraduate. For folks that already have PhD’s, the opportunities for mentorship are limitless.
Two organizations that standout for fostering mentorship are SACNAS and the National Alliance. At SACNAS, one can join (or start!) a local chapter, or become involved in the national organization. And the National Alliance is always looking for new mentors. You could also start or joint a mentorship program at your home institution (there’s a cool and exciting program at my home institution).
Happy new year!!