Unlike training programs consisting primarily of passive content consumption – for example, video webinars and tutorials - the GPM Mentorship Program provides both theoretical and practical trainings supported by direct interaction with subject matter experts from NASA’s Precipitation Measurement Mission (PMM) Science Team. Participating in the program helps to consolidate learned skills and promotes interaction with top scientists in the GPM community.
Screenshot of mentors and participants (mentees) during the last session of the 2022 GPM Mentorship Program. Credits: NASA
The program began by selecting a small cohort of participants to partner with PMM mentors, with the goal of developing 2-month projects using GPM data. These projects focused on topics suggested by the mentors that were tailored to the skills and interests of the participants. Participants are expected to become local pivots for the dissemination of PMM products and best practices, laying the foundations for further use of GPM data in their communities.
All training and participation for the 2022 GPM Mentorship Program took place online across a period of three months. Participants spent about 8 hours per month participating in training sessions and working on collaborative projects with PMM scientists, then shared the outcomes of their project and lessons learned during the final session.
Some outcomes from the program include:
- Dissemination of information about GPM’s data resources to their peers and local organizations and communities
- Project presentations highlighting the use of GPM data for decision-making
- Mentor and mentee highlights showcasing best practices and lessons-learned for integrating GPM data into their activities