The NIU-EEP program is introducing an electronic mentoring system designed to connect the various school age girls associated with the girls scouts with the NIU female engineering undergraduates, women faculty and various other women engineering role models.

A mentor provides support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement and a constructive example. Mentors are trusted advisors, teachers or friends who care and want to help others bring out strengths that are already there.

In today’s busy world, face-to-face meetings are not always possible. Through e-mentoring, middle school students will have the opportunity to be mentored by their immediate seniors -- the high schoolers, the engineering female undergraduates who are members of the society of women engineers, women faculty from the college of engineering and engineering technology at NIU and various other professional women engineers by way of online discussion forums, frequent emails during the school year.

This discussion forum or E-forum is designed to be a supportive and engaging place for the NIU-EEP program participants to discuss various math, science, engineering and technology concepts and make connections. The E-Forum will provide a wonderful group mentoring experience.