Successful leaders mentoring the brightest young minds

The relationship between a senior scientist and a junior scientist can be an incredibly rewarding experience. It is a chance to add differing perspectives while collaborating on mutual scientific efforts. Mentees develop professionally as they interact in the research environment, and mentors serve as critical linkages for connecting students, recent graduates and faculty to some of the world’s biggest scientific problems.

If you have ever considered taking on the challenging, yet rewarding, role of a mentor but would like to know more, take a moment to view these profiles and video interviews of some Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education mentors. These men and women serve as mentors to aspiring scientists and engineers, and collaborate with K-12 teachers and college faculty.

Sarah Cousineau, ORNL research accelerator physicist

Sarah Cousineau

There are many reasons ORNL research accelerator physicist Sarah Cousineau mentors students, but one of these is that she benefited from the knowledge she received as a mentee.

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Ian Anderson

In this video profile, Ian Anderson, director of graduate education and university partnerships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, discusses why mentors are so important to the STEM fields.

Laetitia Delmau

As a mentor, Laetitia Delmau spends as much time as possible running her nuclear waste and legacy waste treatment experiments in the lab, surrounded by her students, who are also conducting their own experiments.

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Laetitia Delmau, researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Djuna Gulliver, researcher at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Djuna Gulliver

Djuna Gulliver’s research at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh, Pa., directly benefits from mentor-mentee collaboration. Her mentees also benefit in ways both tangible—through acquired skills—and intangible—through bolstered confidence and honed intellect.

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David Hopkinson

David Hopkinson, the technical portfolio lead for the Carbon Capture Field Work Proposal at NETL’s Morgantown, W.V., location, sees mentorship as a benefit not only to himself and his mentees, but also to the scientific community and world as a whole. 

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David Hopkinson, technical portfolio lead for the Carbon Capture Field Work Proposal at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, W.V.
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Lonnie Love

In this video profile, Lonnie Love, a distinguished research scientist in ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Science Division and group leader of the Manufacturing Systems Research Group, explains why mentoring middle school and high school students is so rewarding.

ORNL’s David Resseguie mentors high school juniors Ethan Sanders and Aaron Smith.

David Resseguie

ORNL’s David Resseguie mentored high school juniors Ethan Sanders and Aaron Smith in developing SensorPedia, a program that uses emerging Web 2.0 “social networking” standards for organizing and providing access to online sensor network data and related data sets.

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Michael Smith

After having mentored more than 25 students over 14+ years, some would say Michael S. Smith, a nuclear astrophysicist at ORNL, knows a thing or two about counseling the next generation.

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Michael S. Smith, nuclear astrophysicist at ORNL