You can be a mentor when you have (some) experience in the field of quantum computing. For example, a PhD candidate can be a mentor to a masters student, a postdoc can be a mentor to a PhD candidate, a PI or a professional working in industry can be a mentor to a postdoc or PhD candidate, or even a quantum science communicator can help mentees with outreach. The most important thing is that you want to share your experience, in order to inspire and encourage a woman in the field of quantum computing.
Can men be mentors?
In general, men can make great mentors, however, for this program, we will try to match our mentees with women mentors. We hope that our mentees have frequent chances to interact with potential male mentors in their everyday work lives, but we know that many of them don’t have many opportunities to find a female mentor, due to the gender discrepancy in our field. The goal of this program is to fill that gap.