Mentor Highlights

In the Odyssey, when Odysseus departs for the siege of Troy, he leaves his friend Mentor, a wise, older man, in charge of his son and palace. Mentor is to watch over and guide the young Telemachus. In the seventeenth century, Mentor became a verb, to mentor, with its current meaning of individual guidance of a (usually) younger, inexperienced person by an older, more experienced teacher or tutor. Here we profile two University of New Hampshire faculty members who have frequently mentored undergraduates, including Inquiry authors.

Charles Walker

Dr. Charles Walker is a professor of molecular, cellular, and biomedical science at the University of New Hampshire, where he has been for thirty-eight years.    

Below is a correspondence with Professor Walker about his own research and his mentoring experiences with undergraduate students.

Inquiry: What is your current research? Did your undergraduate studies point you toward it? What interests you most about it?

Mary Malone

Dr. Mary Malone is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, where she has been for ten years.

Below is a correspondence with Dr. Malone about her own research and her mentoring experiences with undergraduate students.

Inquiry:  What is your current research? Did your undergraduate studies point you toward it? What interests you most about it?

Ruth Varner

Ruth K. Varner is a research associate professor in the Earth Systems Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. She is jointly appointed in the Department of Earth Sciences and in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space. Professor Varner completed her master’s and doctoral degrees in earth sciences at UNH and has been a faculty member since 2003.

Below is a correspondence with Professor Varner about her own research and her mentoring experiences with undergraduate students.

John Resch

Dr. John (Jack) Resch is a professor of history and program coordinator of the humanities division at the University of New Hampshire Manchester, where he has been for almost forty years.

Below is a correspondence with Professor Resch about his own research and his mentoring experiences with undergraduate students.

John Resch

Professor Ihab Farag, Department of Chemical Engineering

Ihab Farag is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UNH. He initiated the Biodiesel Group at UNH, the Bio-Oil Team and the NH Pollution Prevention Partnership, and the Pollution Prevention Internship Program.  He also initiated the International Pollution Prevention Partnership (IP3) in Thailand.

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