Mentor Night

Date(s) - 03/16/2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Aberdeen High School - Cafeteria


Dear Scientist, Mathematician, or Engineer:
I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware, or remind you, of the Science and Mathematics Academy (SMA) at Aberdeen High School. The SMA is a school-within-a-school magnet program of 205 students that provides academically talented students with educational experiences that integrate mathematics, science, and technology beyond the traditional advanced program. In the senior year, each student conducts a capstone research project under the mentorship of a professional scientist, mathematician, or engineer.

Each mentor, or group of mentors, works with an SMA student to develop a project that the student can complete between September and May of the school year, working two to three days per week for approximately three hours at a time (11:00 – 2:00).

If you are interested in mentoring an SMA student during the 2017-2018 school year I have also attached a mentor data sheet to complete and return via email with contact information and project ideas.

In a typical scenario, a student would assist you in your work, contributing labor and ideas, with the goal of training the student to think scientifically and gain practical experience. The project does not necessarily need to be related to your job; it could pertain to a personal area of interest.

At you can click a link on the homepage to see examples of projects from past years. If you have questions about the final product the students are expected to produce these examples should help. They should give you an idea of the variety of projects students have completed over the past two years, as well as, the level of work we expect our students to produce.

Each student works on his/her project during the hours of 11-2 every other school day. We have a schedule that alternates between “A days” and “B days” and the research project takes place every A day. During the research block the student may be in the field with his/her mentor or working on the project in house. For students that spend the majority of their time in the field their mentor works with them 2-3 days a week from 11am-2pm. For our students that work partly in the field and partly in school, the direct mentor/student time commitment is less. The student may work directly with the mentor once a week, checking in via email with questions as needed. Other students complete the project 100% at school. In these cases a mentor may visit a few times a month (1-3) and is otherwise available via phone/email if the student has questions or needs feedback.

The SMA will be hosting a Mentor Night on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the AHS cafeteria, note that you do not have to stay for the full time if that is not possible. On that evening, you will have the opportunity to meet with students from the class of 2018 who have shown an interest in your field. The evening will have the format of a college fair. Mentors will be set up at “booths” in the cafeteria (you are not expected to bring any materials, but you may). Please note that if you are unable to attend Mentor Night you can still be a mentor. Please RSVP using the link below by Friday, February 24, 2017. If the link does not work please email directly.

Mentor Night RSVP:

Attached to this email you will also find a mentoring brochure with additional details.
If you have any questions please contact me at


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