In regional institutes, the needs for a proper mentorship system is hard to answer because of limited research infrastructure and human resources. When mentoring programs start accumulating public recognition, ‘mentees’ have to be specified and ‘mentors’ provided. In the city of Busan, a city-run program named BWSE (Busan Women in Science & Engineering) was launched in 2002 with the purpose of raising scientific interest (rather than creativity) among young female students. Two types of mentoring classes were created: One is an ‘open’ and ‘moving’ laboratory program and the other one is a continual mentoring program. ‘Open’ and ‘moving’ laboratory programs mainly consists of visits to and participation in contemporary laboratories mostly run by female scientists, as well as field trips to local natural habitats. Continual mentoring programs (also known as ‘Kids-Moms class’) are curriculum-based and center on developing the ability to express one’s ideas and to probe into the mechanisms behind phenomena. Moreover, a "Three-Track Career Development Program" was established to aid in improving job interview skills for female students in Busan, This program is crucial for a city like Busan which consists of a large female students population due to cultural tendency. E-mentoring and teletutoring services are also planned to be launched in 2006. However, no matter how well things seem, more resources need to be put into developing mentors and mentoring programs in Busan.

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Busan campaign for promotion of scientific awareness in youth

Kyung-Ja Ha   Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Pusan National University

Mi-Sook Won   Busan Center of the Korea Basic Science Institute

In regional institutes, the needs for a proper mentorship system is hard to answer because of limited research infrastructure and human resources. When mentoring programs start accumulating public recognition, ‘mentees’ have to be specified and ‘mentors’ provided. In the city of Busan, a city-run program named BWSE (Busan Women in Science & Engineering) was launched in 2002 with the purpose of raising scientific interest (rather than creativity) among young female students. Two types of mentoring classes were created: One is an ‘open’ and ‘moving’ laboratory program and the other one is a continual mentoring program. ‘Open’ and ‘moving’ laboratory programs mainly consists of visits to and participation in contemporary laboratories mostly run by female scientists, as well as field trips to local natural habitats. Continual mentoring programs (also known as ‘Kids-Moms class’) are curriculum-based and center on developing the ability to express one’s ideas and to probe into the mechanisms behind phenomena. Moreover, a "Three-Track Career Development Program" was established to aid in improving job interview skills for female students in Busan, This program is crucial for a city like Busan which consists of a large female students population due to cultural tendency. E-mentoring and teletutoring services are also planned to be launched in 2006. However, no matter how well things seem, more resources need to be put into developing mentors and mentoring programs in Busan.

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