Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about CheMento, the mentoring program of the GDCh.

Is your question not included? Then send us a message to mentoring@gdch.de

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a tried and tested instrument for promoting young talent and developing personnel in companies, universities and other organizations. The term mentoring describes the personal relationship between an experienced personality (mentor: in) and a less experienced person (mentee) to support personal and professional development. CheMento is designed as a one-to-one mentoring, ie a: e mentor: in looks after a: n mentee.

What is a: e Mentor: in?

As a mentor: in is understood to be a (professionally) experienced person who offers help with questions relating to personal and professional development. CheMento are chemists with professional experience (at least 3 to 5 years in the profession) who work in business, science or administration. The conditions of participation can be found on the ?Information for mentors? pages (see also ? Who can participate? ?).

What is a mentee?

A mentee is a person with little (professional) experience who receives support in their personal and professional development. CheMento are students and doctoral candidates who are about to start their careers as well as young graduates from all areas of chemistry. The conditions of participation can be found on the ?Information for mentees? pages (see also ? Who can participate? ?).

How long does the program last?

A mentoring cooperation can be limited in time or last for many years. CheMento is designed to last for one year.

How many tandems can participate in a year?

A tandem is the composition of mentor: in and mentee based on a matching process. CheMento is carried out with a maximum of 30 tandems.

What are the selection criteria?

Important criteria for the selection process are technical and professional orientation, personal development and the spatial distance between the places of residence. Personal interests and experiences of the mentees and mentors also play an important role.

The aim of the matching is to assign suitable mentors to all mentees selected for the program. This means that the right tandem partners for the mentees are selected from a pool of potential mentors. Therefore, not all persons registered as mentors can be assigned a mentee.

Can mentees express wishes to their mentor?

Yes, that is possible. In the registration form, mentees should, among other things, respond to their expectations and wishes of the mentor. However, you cannot specify a: n wish mentor.

When is the registration deadline?

The registration deadline (mentors) and application deadline (mentees) was October 15, 2021. Since the supporting program includes three joint events for the participants, CheMento is designed with a common start for all participants. Continuous entry into the program is therefore not possible.

Applications for mentees will be possible again from autumn 2023. Mentors can register all year round.

What happens to the submitted data?

Your data will be treated confidentially and only for the implementation of the mentoring program. Apart from the GDCh career service, no other GDCh employees have access to the data.

Participants' contact details are provided to the respective tandem partner (mentee and mentor) at the end of the matching phase so that the mentee can contact them.

When is the decision to accept or reject applications made?

The documents will be viewed and matched from mid-October to the end of November 2021. After that, the advisory board will make the official decision on whether applicants will participate. All mentee applicants and mentors will be notified by the beginning of December.

What are the reasons for a rejection of mentee applicants?

At first we unfortunately only have 30 tandem spaces. So not all applicants can take part.

Based on the wishes and expectations of the mentee applicants, which are formulated in the registration form, we try to find a: n suitable: n mentor: in. Unfortunately, this does not always work. This means that not every mentee candidate has a suitable: r mentor.

The selection is therefore neither based on special qualifications nor on "hardship" cases.

What are the reasons for not including mentors?

Based on the wishes and expectations of the mentee applicants, which are formulated in the registration form, we try to find a suitable: n mentor for these mentees. This means that not everyone: m mentor: can also be assigned a mentee. Failure to take into account is therefore not an assessment of the qualification of a mentor.

Does the program have to be paid for?

No, participation in CheMento is free of charge. Travel costs and, if applicable, accommodation costs must be borne by all active participants (mentees and mentors) themselves.

Why do mentees have to pay the travel expenses themselves?

Even if the mentors work on a voluntary basis, there are costs for the program. These include e.g. B. Staff costs for the staff involved in organizing employees: Inside the office, the cost of materials (flyers, information for participants: etc. inside) and events (premises, catering).

These costs are borne by the GDCh and thus by its members. Since the vast majority of the members support the program without benefiting from it, we consider it appropriate that those who actually benefit from it also make their own contribution to CheMento.

Travel costs can be kept low with carpooling, carpooling, long-distance buses and rail saver fares and even if personal contact is very important, some meetings can also be held via Skype. From our point of view, this means that mentees are not burdened excessively.

What does the CheMento Advisory Board do?

The advisory board checks and ensures that the implementation of CheMento corresponds to the expectations and objectives of the GDCh board. He has the final decision on the composition of the tandems (matching).

The following GDCh structures each send one member to the advisory board:


  • GDCh Board
  • working group opportunities in chemistry (AKCC)
  • Association for Chemistry and Economics (VCW)
  • Young Chemists Forum (JCF)
  • Head of Career, education and science (GDCh Office)

The chairman of the advisory board is Dr. Hildegard Nimmesgern (AKCC).

Who do I contact for queries?

CheMento is part of the career service in the GDCh Office office. The contact person is Yasmin Yasin, mentoring@gdch.de, telephone 069 7917-665.


GDCh career service
Varrentrappstr. 40-42
60486 Frankfurt a. M.
Tel. 069-7917-665

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last modified: 01.07.2022 11:32 H from Y.Yasin