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Join our peer mentorship program

UVic Women in Science is pleased to announce that we will be offering a peer mentorship program beginning in Fall 2019. This will offer an opportunity for 1st and 2nd year STEM students to be paired with upper level undergraduate and graduate student mentors with similar educational and career goals. Mentees will gain valuable insight into the offerings of their program, and mentors will gain leadership and mentorship skills, while both will have the opportunity to network with other determined and motivated students in UVic STEM programs.

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What is the Peer Mentorship 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 encouraged to build a relationship with their mentee in which the mentee feels comfortable asking them questions that may arise during their first years at UVic. 

Why be a Peer Mentor?

As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to practice leadership skills and to encourage the success of young, future scientists! You will build connections with those in earlier stages of their degrees as well as other mentors and be able to pass on the valuable lessons you have learned and connections you have made to your mentee who may be interested in pursuing a similar academic/career path. Being a part of a mentorship program and an advocate for female representation in STEM fields are also great additions to your resumé!

Who can be a mentor?

Anyone who is an upper-level undergraduate (year 3+) or graduate student who completed an undergraduate degree at UVic in a STEM program. We are inclusive of all gender identities. We can only accept 25 mentors for the initial intake, so apply early!


What are the commitments?

As a mentor, you will be expected to:

  • Attend a training session that will be held on Friday, September 20th, 2019 (details TBA)

  • Agree with the values and mission statement of UVic Women in Science

  • Demonstrate support and advocacy for women pursuing careers in STEM fields

  • Arrange monthly check-ins with your mentee (e.g. board game cafe, going for coffee, studying together, inviting them to join you at the WIS monthly meet-up)

  • Answer any questions from your mentee in a timely manner

  • Answer short, periodical surveys about your experience with the Peer Mentorship Program 

  • Agree to attend the first WIS monthly meet-up to meet your mentee

  • Commit to being a mentor for at least the entirety of the semester in which you sign up; after this commitment ends, we encourage you to stay in touch with you mentee if you choose to discontinue your commitment

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 mentor position in our September 2019 - April 2020 session below

 
 

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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