NWEA Mentoring Program Summary

Program Goals

The NWEA mentoring program goal is to help connect professionals working within the water environment field and to help facilitate building these relationships to promote personal and professional development. The program matches mentors and protégés based on shared interests and professional goals and provides a Mentoring Guide to help direct the process. In addition to pairing mentors and protégés, the program will work to host networking events where participants can connect with others in the program and to learn more about the water field.

Mentoring Program Structure:

1) Signing up to participate in the program:

  • BOTH mentors AND protégés need to complete the following survey to be paired up

  • Sign Up Survey Link: Mentoring Program Survey

  • Please complete the survey by Friday, September 18th, 2020

  • You can apply at any time, but may not get paired up during the current mentorship cycle if you sign-up.  If you are late to sign up, please also reach out to Hayden Delay.

  • Participants in the program are encouraged to also sign-up as members in NWEA and AWWA. More information on these organization can be found at the links below:

NWEA: http://nebwea.org/

AWWA: https://www.awwa.org/

2) Mentors and Protégés are paired up:

  • Once surveys are received, mentors and protégés will be paired up.

  • Mentors and protégés will be paired up with the plan to have the program start in October.

3) Attend a plant tour and networking events (optional)

  • Tours will be scheduled throughout the year to visit a drinking water and wastewater treatment plants- stay tuned for more info after you’ve signed up!

  • If there is enough interest:

    • Vendor equipment demonstrations may be planned for learning opportunities.

    • A mentor/mentee “speed interview” session may be organized to allow students a chance to meet with a wide variety of professionals from the industry.

4) Engage in the mentoring process: Commit a minimum of 4-6 hours over the course of a year for meeting with your mentor or protégé to interact and learn from each other.

  • These can be 1-hour meeting every other month over the course of the year

  • These can be meeting in person, over the phone, or via some other communication platform.  Due to the curent pandemic we are discouraging in-person meetings.

  • A mentoring guide is provided to help facilitate the meetings (see below)

5) Attend local conferences (Optional)

  • Attend local conferences in Nebraska to engage with

  • Attend workshops to learn more about work done in the field

  • Present research or work done in the water field

Joint Fall Conference

November 4th-6th, 2020


Snowball Conference



Great Plains Conference

April 2020


Heartland Conference

July 2020


More information can be found here

Download and review the Mentoring Guide

A mentoring guide has been prepared to help guide mentors and protégés in their discussions. This is a recommended framework for discussion, but it is up to the mentor and protégé to decide on the exact content of their meetings.

Download the mentoring guide here: Mentoring Guide

Program Contact

Matthew Thompson – UNL – (402)-657-8711