What is the Peer Mentoring Program?
This is a program that offers 1st/2nd-year undergraduate students in STEM programs the opportunity to sign up to be matched with an upper-level undergraduate (year 3+) or graduate student who completed an undergraduate degree at UVic. The mentor will be available to answer questions from their mentee and will plan monthly meet-ups with their mentee to field questions and help point out any opportunities or programs that their mentee might benefit from while at UVic.
Why sign up for a mentor?
This is a great opportunity to meet someone in your field of study who has already gone through what you are currently experiencing as a science student at UVic. Your mentor will be available to talk with you about any problems, concerns or questions you may be having in your first years at UVic. They will also be able to introduce you to programs available that might interest you. Your mentor may also be able to introduce you to their connections in labs on campus that you may be interested in joining for volunteering, work experience, Co-op or Honours.
Who can be a mentee?
Anyone who is entering their 1st/2nd-year as an undergraduate student in a STEM program at UVic. We are inclusive of all gender identities. We will try our best to match you up with someone in the same or a similar degree and who shares some of the same interests as yourself!
What does the program involve?
As a mentee, upon being accepted into the program you will:
Attend the first WIS monthly meet-up to meet your mentor
Be given your mentor’s email so that you can ask them any questions you have
Attend monthly check-ins with your mentor (these will be arranged by your mentor, so you both can figure out a time and activity that works for both of you)
Answer short, periodical surveys about your experience in the Peer Mentorship Program
There has often been an underlying competitive nature in the relationships between professional women in STEM fields. We are hoping to foster strong, encouraging mentor-mentee relationships that will empower both parties involved.
Please sign up to be considered for a mentee position in our September-December 2019 session