Undergraduate and graduate students need professional development skills to form expertise applicable to any job or future career. Mentoring is a way that students can learn how to engage in professional development. Likewise, students can learn professional development skills from mentors who they look to for expanding their knowledge base. To help address the needs of undergraduate and graduate students in engineering, the principal investigator developed and facilitated the Mentoring and Professional Development in Engineering Education (MPD-E2) Program. For this study, we examined the program’s general functions and elements using session notes and discussion of our observations. The guiding research question for this study is: what are some elements of a mentoring and professional development program that students value? In this work, we present details about the elements of the program that support student development and insights about potential future opportunities for these types of programs.
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