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If you find yourself feeling a little unsure about what’s expected of you as a science student, the Science Mentor Program is here to help ease your transition.
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.
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.
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.
Step 1: Access the sign-up form to tell us about yourself. You will have the option to select a preference for a mentor who is from a similar hometown, is in a similar academic program, has the same interest in professional programs or is interested in the same extracurricular activities as you. We will do our best to match based on the pool of mentors available.
Step 2: Once matched (late August to early September), your mentor will contact you via your UAlberta email account. Together you decide how and when to connect.
Step 3. Your conversations begin! Your mentor will continue to contact you bi-weekly throughout the fall semester.
Becoming a science mentor is a great way to get involved in your campus community and make a difference in the first-year experience of a new student. Please see more information on becoming a mentor here.