Schwartz, J. (2013). A gift exchange:Young Men of Color in STEM UR Mentoring. In M.F. Shaughnessy (ed.), Mentoring:Practices, Potential Challenges and Benefits (pp. 39-65). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
This chapter focuses on the mentoring of undergraduate young men of color majoring in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and explores the nature of these relationships with their faculty mentors. The chapter draws on the findings of three phenomenological studies and observations of one mentoring program; both the study sites and the program are located within a large urban East Coast public university system where three fourths of all incoming freshmen receive need-based aid and an estimated ninety percent are students of color. The structure of the chapter covers the following topics: a definition of undergraduate research (UR) STEM mentoring, an overview of the studies, a literature review, and the studies’ findings which include the benefits and costs of UR mentoring for students and faculty, the affective nature of the mentoring relationships, and the racial component in the mentoring of young men of color. The emotional, financial and professional costs to faculty engaged in UR mentoring relationships are also addressed. Examples of successful mentoring relationships are highlighted. And finally, recommendations for retaining young men of color in STEM and the development of early college mentoring programs with a focus on young men of color are suggested.
Full article can be found here: