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Mentor Program FAQ

Q: Will this program take up a lot of my time and is it a long-term commitment?
A: Mentors and students are required to communicate at least once a month. The level of involvement and length of the relationship will be determined by the mentor and the student. Mentors and students are matched for one academic year.

Q: How are students matched with mentors?
A: Students review mentor profiles online and select mentors based on their profiles (student participation is on a first-come-first-served basis).

Q: Who makes the initial contact?
A: Both mentor and mentee are asked to initiate contact as soon as corresponding matching information is made available. We encourage mentors to make the first contact and introduce themselves and let their students know how and when they are available.

Q: As a student mentee, what can I get out of the Mentor Program?
A: It is strongly recommended that students take some time to think about what they hope to gain from the Mentor Program including identifying their short and long term goals. Mentors can not read their mentees’ minds and therefore, it is imperative that students communicate the type of help they need. Examples include learning about work activities, duties and challenges of certain professions or acquiring the necessary skills to succeed in their field of interest.

Q: What are the expectations for a mentor?
A: Mentors are to maintain in contact with their mentees through email, phone and/or in-person at least once a month. In addition, mentors provide valuable guidance and insight to their mentees including, but not limited to discussing professional goals, preparing for graduate school, and working in the real world.

Q: What are the expectations for a mentee?
A: Mentees are to clearly define their expectations and goals to their mentors. Like their mentors, mentees are expected to initiate and maintain communication email, phone and/or in-person at least once a month. Mentees are to promptly respond to their mentors and express appreciation for their advice/suggestions.

Q: Whom can I contact if I have any questions or if I have not heard from my mentor/mentee?
A: Both mentors and students are asked to contact Elizabeth Meredith in the Bio Sci Special Events Office about concerns or questions relating to the status of their mentoring relationships.

Bio Sci Development Office
949-824-2680
brian.han@uci.edu