E-Mentoring Female Underrepresented Public Health Student Researchers: Supporting a More Diverse Postpandemic Workforce

Ponn P. Mahayosnand, Lavezza Zanders, Z. M. Sabra, Saman Essa, Samiha Ahmed, Diana Mora Bermejo, Maryam Funmilayo, D. M. Sabra, and Sheilamae Ablay


This article describes the informal mentoring experiences of the lead author with 8 female student researchers, 6 of whom were mentored online. The students represented different racial and ethnic backgrounds, offering a collection of e-mentoring case studies during the pandemic. These independent field reports are a sample of what can be achieved by invested e-mentors. By sharing these anecdotal experiences, the authors call on all researchers of underrepresented groups to consider e-mentoring to support underrepresented student researchers and diversify the public health research field.