Mentoring Program

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Betty H.C. Cheng is chairing the Mentor Program for ICSE 2011. Betty is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University.

She is a member of the editorial boards for several journals and on the program committee for several international conferences.

The mentoring program enables prospective submitters to the technical/research track to gain advice on the structure and content of a prospective submission. This program is available to prospective submitters who have not yet published a technical/research track article at ICSE. Keep reading to find out how to request a mentor or how to be a mentor!

What You Can Expect if Mentored

You can expect a mentor to spend between three and seven hours on your submission, providing high-level feedback on its structure and content. A mentor may also suggest the work is more suitable for another track at ICSE.

All mentors are members of previous (not current) ICSE technical/research track program selection committeers. Mentors will be asked to respond with feedback on your submission within one month of accepting the mentorship. We will do our best to match you with a suitable mentor. In some cases, despite our best efforts, we may not be able to find a mentor for your submission.

By default, the mentor will be anonymous unless the mentor chooses to identify him or herself.

How to Request a Mentor

You may request a mentor once anytime between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2010. We strongly recommend that you request a mentor early to enable you to have sufficient time to incorporate the mentor's feedback. You must judge when your submission has enough content for a mentor to provide helpful comments. Please note that papers should be thoroughly proofread for typographical and grammatical errors to ensure that the Mentors can focus on technical content; for authors whose native language is not English, it is suggested to have papers reviewed by native English speakers before submitting for mentoring.

If you are a student, mentors are not meant to replace the academic faculty with whom you are already working or who are available at your institution. If you are a student, then please discuss the suitability of this mentoring program with your faculty advisors.

To request a mentor, please fill out and submit our Application to Request a Mentor.

Call for Mentors

If you have previously served on an ICSE technical/research track program selection committee, we need your help to be a mentor! As a mentor, you will be asked to provide comments on at most two prospective technical/research track submissions. The expectation is that you will provide anonymous comments once on an assigned paper, spending between three to seven hours reviewing the technical content and structure of the paper. You will be asked to provide such comments within one month of being assigned the paper. The assignment period runs from April through June 2010.

As a mentor, you may decide to self-identify to the authors and to provide comments on more than one draft.

To become a mentor, please fill out and submit our Application to Become a Mentor.