The Alumni-Student Mentor Program (ASMP) fosters professional growth in the next generation of chemical and biological engineers by building meaningful connections between alumni and students.
The department also offers a Peer Mentor Program that partners freshmen and senior students to smooth the transition to CU Boulder.
The time commitment of contact per student is approximately one to two hours a month. The focus of this program is on establishing face-to-face contact to make the mentorship more personal. Mentors will work with one or several students each semester, based on volunteer numbers and student interest, or on the mentor’s preference. Mentors will be contacted each semester to confirm their participation going forward, but may withdraw between semesters by contacting the program coordinator.
The ASMP coordinator will match mentors and mentees based on shared interests on or around the first day of each month and will send an introductory email to both. The coordinator will then step back and let the mentor initiate the next contact.
Mentees must attend one expectations session before beginning their mentorship. The ASMP coordinator will contact all participating students each semester to check in and solicit feedback.
The advice mentors give to students will be unique to each pairing, but some suggested topics are:
Mentors have years of experience and education that they are looking forward to sharing. These questions can help get the conversation going, but students are encouraged to develop and ask their own questions over the course of the mentorship.
Students will have questions for their mentors, but showing interest in the students may often make them feel more comfortable.