The most important part of the mentor/advisee relationship is regular contact to keep communication channels open. Even a short message from time to time or a timely response to an important question could make a big difference in the early professional life of a mathematician. The guidelines used by the AWM Mentor Network recommend a contact frequency (however brief) of 2-4 times per month, typically requiring no more than 15-30 minutes a week. Don't worry if semester pressures keep you or your mentee from communicating during busy times. Setting a goal of regular contact is the important thing. The official mentoring period lasts for one year, but obviously informal communication can continue indefinitely.
To apply to be in our database of mentors to be matched, please complete this form by August 1, 2014. If you have difficulties with the form, please send email to Doug Ensley (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair of the MAA Committee on Early Career Mathematicians, to see about applying by email.