As a professional scientist or engineer, you probably have a strong appreciation for those thought leaders who have come before you. You may have even developed relationships with senior-level researchers who have helped shaped the direction of your career.

As an advisor, you are the foundation of a successful participation program, and you are commended for undertaking this important role. By hosting individuals, you are contributing to the education and training of the next generation, as well as advancing the mission of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP). 

Advising or mentoring a student or recent graduate in a research particpation program helps establish the participant as an independent researcher. Advisors are encouraged to work directly with research participants by sharing knowledge and skills, overseeing the participant's research, helping him or her make contact with other researchers, and assist with career counseling. In the process, the participants provides a fresh perspective for the mentor, and actively engages in learning about and developing the skills necessary to secure a permanent job.

Returning that gift of mentorship is a great way to continue the legacy of your research while also providing the advice and counsel that is necessary for cultivating the next generation of scientists and engineers.