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The Science Mentor Program gives science students an opportunity to meet with a senior student who has volunteered to offer one-on-one support during the fall semester.

As a collaborative initiative between the Faculty of Science and the Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society, the Science Mentor Program offers leadership opportunities that will make a difference in the first-year experiences of science students.

How can a science mentor help me?

A mentor can help you to navigate campus, listen to questions and recommend campus resources, and share their university experiences with you. The goal of the Science Mentor program is to help new students become thriving members of our campus community. Being part of the Mentor program will allow you:
  • Meet new people
  • Gain awareness of university supports and resources
  • Access ongoing peer support that can aid you in making informed choices
  • Learn and benefit from the experiences of others
  • Develop confidence in your own abilities
As the mentee you are able to determine the capacity of the mentoring relationship. You are able to decide how much help or guidance you need. While your mentor will reach out on a bi-weekly basis during the fall semester, we ask that you also take initiative to be an active participant in the mentor relationship in order to maximize the benefits of program participation.


Who are science mentors?

A science mentor is an upper-year science student who has experience with university life and is interested in supporting your success. They know what the process of becoming familiar with a new campus and university environment entails. Mentors are selected from an extensive application and interview process on the basis of their campus involvement and academic experiences. All mentors participate in training prior to being matched with a mentee.
Note: Student mentors are not able to assist with questions related to the specifics of program admissions, transfer credits, course prerequisites and all other academic issues. For program planning, degree requirements and course selection, general students please see a Student Advisor in the Faculty of Science or honors and specialization students see your Department Advisor.
Are you interested in gaining leadership skills and building strong on-campus networks? The Science Mentor Program is a great way to get involved and give back to your campus community.

What does the role of a mentor include?

The Science Mentorship Program offers two leadership opportunities for Faculty of Science students.

Mentors

  • Approximately 60 students are selected each year to be science mentors. This role includes:
  • Participating in mentor training
  • Mentoring students new to campus through bi-weekly communication in through the fall semester.
  • Connecting via email with prospective science students
  • Participating in a minimum of 3 hours of mentor volunteer activities including events such as Open House, Week of Welcome, Alumni events and more.

Senior Mentors

In addition to the same responsibilities as mentors, 9 senior mentors are selected each year to:

  • Run group interviews and help to select the full mentor team
  • Run mentor training sessions
  • Lead a group of 6 mentors
  • Participate in the promotion of the program to incoming students
  • Attending monthly senior mentor meetings and facilitate mentor group meetings

Why be a Mentor?

The Science Mentor Program is a great way to get involved and give back to your campus community. Benefits of being a mentor include:- Making a real difference in a student’s transition to university- Strengthening your active listening and leadership skills- Building your own on-campus network- Verifiable volunteer hours

Who can apply to be a Mentor?

Applicants to the Science Mentor Program are required to be:- Attending the Faculty of Science during the academic year in which you are applying to be a mentor- In good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA)- Available to attend the required dates as listed on the application

Traits that are commonly associated with successful mentor applicants include:

  • Efficient communication skills
  • Committed to great leadership
  • Passionate about the student experience in the Faculty of Science

Application Information:

We are no longer accepting any applications for Senior Mentors or Mentors. Please check again in January 2017.