Online-Mentor Program Raises Retention of At-Risk Science Students

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Wendy Neuberger (left), a MentorNet volunteer, and Gloria Musau, a Kenyan student she advised online, met for the first time at a conference.

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Wendy Neuberger (left), a MentorNet volunteer, and Gloria Musau, a Kenyan student she advised online, met for the first time at a conference.

For 13 years, Mary F. Fernández has advised college students studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. But when she hears from them, it's usually about more than just picking classes or handling a course load.

Take the student she mentored this past academic year, a Ph.D. candidate in biological engineering from Ghana, studying at an American public university in the mid-Atlantic. Her family, whom she was hoping to support with her degree, thought she should be