Mentoring - Its Effect on Medals Awarded at the CWSF

In 2010 and in 2011, Dr Judith Soon, Chair of the National Judging Committee, examined the correlation between the levels of mentorship received, and the medals awarded at the CWSF.

Youth Science Canada recognizes 6 levels of mentorship: 0 = no mentoring at all; 5 = highly mentored.


The graph shows that in 2011, the silver medalists received these levels of Mentorship:

% of projects Mentorship Level
30 0
8 1
12 2
15 3
18 4
17 5

Of the Silver Medalists, 38% received little or no memtoring, while 35% received high levels of mentoring.

Levels of Mentorship

  0  Student does not receive any mentoring.
  1  Student exchanges a few emails or phone calls, and/or meets with the mentor once or twice to discuss the student’s ideas.
  2  Student occasionally contacts the mentor by email or phone, and/or meets occasionally with the mentor who provided some advice or materials.
  3  Student has regular contact with the mentor by email or phone, and/or meets regularly with the mentor who provides advice, materials, assistance with design/testing, or data analysis.
  4  Student has regular face-to-face contact with the mentor and regular access to advice, materials, space, equipment, design/testing, or other personnel in a specialized facility.
  5  Student works closely with the mentor over an extended period of time to develop the project idea, plan and conduct the research/development, and analyze the results or test the innovatio