Mentor Development Workshop

The INSPIRE team invites all mentors and educators to participate in a half-day INSPIRE Mentor Development Workshop to be held during INSPIRE 2017 event on MIT Campus in Cambridge, MA. See details below.

We are offering several travel awards for mentors! We hope you will join us.

If you would like to give a 10-minute presentation regarding INSPIRE Mentorship at your school, please let us know.

Register Here: Mentor Workshop Registration Form & Mentor Recordings Release

MIT’s campus in Cambridge, MA
Building and room to be announced. 
April 11, 2017 -- 1:15 pm to 4:15 pm
(You are welcome to also attend the Opening and Closing/Awards ceremonies on April 10th and 12th.)
  • Enable mentors to make professional connections with other mentors/peers from different schools across the country.
  • Provide exposure to MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and the research carried out there.
  • Enable a forum for mentors to
    1. reflect on the role of INSPIRE mentorship,
    2. brainstorm new methods of mentoring students,
    3. share best practices regarding guiding students for research, and
    4. explore ways to broaden mentor participation.
(Tentative. Subject to change)
The program will feature:
  • Kickoff and welcome from the INSPIRE Team
  • Overview of MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • MIT Libraries resources
  • Teaching humanities, arts and social sciences research in college
  • Perspectives from an INSPIRE judge
  • Spotlights on “The INSPIRE Mentoring Experience” (10-minute presentations by mentors regarding best practices in different mentorship settings)
  • MIT’s K-12 initiatives
  • Group discussions on topics including the role of the mentor, challenges, administrative aspects


The only requirement is that you mentored at least one project for the INSPIRE 2017, 2016, and/or 2015 competition.

In order to confirm your attendance, please make note of the following dates and deadlines to submit your registration and travel award form. No exceptions will be considered.


MIT INSPIRE is offering several travel awards for mentors to attend and participate in the workshop. The purpose of the MIT INSPIRE Mentor Travel Awards is to provide partial reimbursement of travel expenses for those mentors who otherwise may not have the means to attend the INSPIRE Mentor Development Workshop on MIT’s campus, on April 11, 2017.

Please note that awards are capped at a maximum of Four Hundred Dollars ($400) per mentor. The selection of Travel Award winners is determined based on need and on a first-come, first-served basis. All mentors are encouraged to apply, but preference for travel awards will be given to mentors teaching in Title 1 schools and mentors whose travel expenses are not covered by their school or administration.

All decisions by MIT INSPIRE regarding travel awards are final.