Using Technology to Foster Peer Mentoring Relationships: Development of a Virtual Peer Mentorship Model for Broadening Participation of Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minority Women in STEM


In this chapter, the authors give an overview of the research literature that provides the impetus for the conceptualization, development, and implementation of a virtual peer mentorship model to support women in developing interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), intent to persist in STEM, and self-efficacy in STEM. While the benefits of peer mentorship are cited widely within the research literature, few studies have focused on the virtual peer mentors programs, inclusive of training for mentors. Given the persistent disparity in equitable representation of women and minorities in STEM fields, this project focused on training underrepresented racial and ethnic minority women to serve as mentors as part of a larger National Science Foundation funded peer mentorship project.

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ACS Symposium Series