From Student Mentee to Colleague: Breakfast Meeting @MIT with Dr. Frances Carter-Johnson

with Frances C-J MIT June 2013A few years ago, I wrote a post about the joy of having mentees who can surpass you. The joy continues! On Tuesday, I had a chance to meet with a mentee, Dr. Frances Carter-Johnson at MIT. We’d started a meeting in Virginia at the Society of STEM Women of Color Conclave on Monday, and then, since I had a Monday night talk at MIT, and she was coming back to her office at MIT’s Teaching and Learning Laboratory on Tuesday morning, we continued our conversation in Boston on Tuesday during a breakfast meeting. We’d had a chance to meet with our colleague Dr. Beatriz Zayas from the ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project in Puerto Rico  over the weekend, and we were incorporating her suggestions into our notes for a paper. I am a Co-PI with Dr. Zayas on that project, and Frances is part of the evaluation team with Dr. Angela Byars-Winston from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We also talked about PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP, and our upcoming paper that will be presented at the 120th conference of the American Society for Engineering Education with Dr. Patti Ordóñez and Miguel Nino. Frances was a Peer Mentor for PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP when she was a graduate student at UMBC. Since graduating, she has been an evaluator for Westat, a researcher at MIT, and she has recently been welcomed into the new class of Fellows for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). It is a pleasure to have her as a colleague!