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M. Jane Harper jharper at ITSA.UCSF.EDU
Thu May 20 00:58:58 EST 1993


I have had a very different experience of mentorship, but I am fortunate enough
to be in a field which is 97% female, nursing.  My mentor/protegee relation-
ships have been ... well the best word I can think of is _intellectually_
intimate.  My mentors have been women who knew me better than I knew myself at
the time, who steered me in the right direction, ran interference for me (or
helped me run it myself), pulled a string or two when the time was right and
generally showed me how to conduct myself as a professional and a scholar.  I
am *very* lucky to be associated now with a woman, my dissertation sponsor, who
is the definition of what-I'd-like-to-be-when-I-grow-up.

Perhaps, since there are so many women in nursing, and since many of our
senior scholars have doctorates in biological and social science, we could
act as resources for women in fields with not so many female scholars?

Jane Harper
Doctoral Student, Neuroscience/Nursing
University of California at San Francisco
jharper at itsa.ucsf.edu



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