GEM-SET : Girls' E-Mentoring Program : Science | Engineering | Technology
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Welcome to GEM-SET


The staff at the UIC Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program would like to extend our warm welcome to everyone participating in the Girls' E-Mentoring in Science, Engineering & Technology (GEM-SET). You are invited to explore the GEM-SET web page at to learn more about the many mentors, students, and partners who make this mentoring program successful. The Digest is the forum where questions and responses are exchanged.

The mentoring program is unique because mentors and mentees are not matched one-on-one. We use a group mentoring system. Here is how it works:

STEP 1: Students send in career questions and comments to Guidelines for discussion include classroom issues, career decisions, peer-pressure, challenges and opportunities. Scholarships, internships, prizes and field trips are also posted on the Digest.

STEP 2: All questions are automatically posted on the GEM-SET Digest for ALL the participants to read and respond. Mentors and students can respond by hitting the message REPLY button or by sending your message to

STEP 3: When someone responds to a question, the reply is posted on the Daily Digest with a hot link for you to click on to read the answers. Both mentors and students are invited to make comments. Usually responses are made within 10 days of the initial posting.

The Digest will be posted at least once each week, more often if it is busy. Participants are asked to read it once each week and send in a question or response one time each month. If you have questions about how the program works or if you have trouble with accessing the Daily Digest, there is help available by sending your problem to or calling the GEM-SET staff at (312)413-1924.

Thank you for being part of the GEM-SET project. We hope you find this experience rewarding and find answers to all your career questions!

Sarah H. Shirk, MPH
GEM-SET Outreach Coordinator