Peer mentors are committed to their graduate student community and want to support the success of new graduate students. Volunteering as a peer mentor is an invaluable opportunity to grow your mentoring and leadership skills.
Eligibility and expectations:
- Current upper level (2nd year or higher) graduate student in the College of Engineering
- Have enthusiasm for sharing your expertise and knowledge about campus resources and processes
- Be able to listen and be empathic with your mentee
- Meet with your mentee(s) at least twice a month (virtual or in-person)
- Attend GUIDE program orientation
- Complete program feedback surveys (2 total)
- Support student success in a meaningful way
- Increase your self-awareness and foster personal growth
- Develop transferable and marketable skills to enhance your professional experience
- Enhance your leadership and mentoring skills
- Improve your communication and interpersonal skills
- Build and expand your network!
- June: Complete the volunteer form (this takes approximately 3-5 minutes)
Share your educational background and personal identities so that we can make appropriate matches. Behind the scenes the Office of Graduate Education will match you with a mentee (or more if you are willing to mentor more than one student) based on your background and the mentees desired mentor criteria.
- July: Virtual introductions will be made by the Office of Graduate Education via email
- August: Review peer mentor materials sent by Office of Graduate Education and attend the virtual or in-person mentoring orientation
- August – April: Connect with your mentee(s) at least twice a month.
Mentees will be instructed to prepare meeting agendas and/or discussion topics for each meeting. Office of Graduate Education will plan some optional events for mentor-mentee pairs to connect and network with other pairs.