The Peer Mentor Program partners seniors with first and second-year students to strengthen community among current students and smooth the transition for new students.
Mentees receive practical advice on classes, careers and life outside of school, while mentors practice leadership skills, reinforce their own subject knowledge and enjoy the satisfaction of helping fellow students.
The department also hosts volunteering and social events throughout the semester for students involved in the mentoring program.
The PMP is a precursor to the Alumni-Student Mentor Program, which matches sophomores, juniors and seniors with ChBE alumni.
Mentor-mentee pairings will be maintained throughout the academic year (fall and spring semesters). Participants in the program will attend a 30-minute mentee/mentor expectations session and are expected to hold face-to-face meetings at least once per semester. Additional communications are encouraged, including by email, phone or in person.
The estimated monthly time commitment for mentors and mentees is 2 hours (roughly 30 minutes per week).
The department strongly encourages mentees to continue contact with mentors after graduation. Students can potentially remain paired through the Alumni-Student Mentor Program.
General guidance is provided below to participants on the expected level of commitment. However, we encourage mentors and mentees to be flexible and to share with each other and with the department their ideas for improving or getting the most out of the program.
The advice mentors give to students will vary greatly, but below are some general topics mentors may wish to address.
Conversation starters for mentees
Conversation starters for mentors
The PMP coordinator will match mentors with mentees in the first weeks of the fall semester based on shared interests and will send an introductory email. The PMP coordinator will then step back and let the mentor initiate the next contact.
The PMP coordinator will contact mentees throughout the semester to check in and solicit feedback. All participants will be invited to complete an annual survey to determine ways to improve the program.
Please contact the PMP Coordinator Alex Voorhees if you have any questions.