Will this program take up a lot of my time and is it a long-term commitment?

Mentors and students are encouraged 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.

How are students matched with mentors?

Students review mentor profiles online, meet mentors at the kickoff event, and return to their profile online to list their top 3 preferred mentors. Student participation is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Who makes the initial contact?

After a mentor and student are paired, each will be notified of one another. We encourage mentees to make the first contact and introduce themselves as soon as they receive corresponding matching information, and to ask their mentors how and when they are available.

As a student mentee, what can I get out of the Mentor Program?

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. It is imperative that students communicate the type of help they need. Examples include learning about potential career opportunities, work activities, duties and challenges of certain professions or acquiring the necessary skills to succeed in their field of interest.

What are the expectations for a mentor?

Mentors are to maintain 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.

What are the expectations for a mentee?

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.

Whom can I contact if I have any questions or if I have not heard from my mentor/mentee?

Both mentors and students are asked to contact Nereida Martinez at biosci-mentor@uci.edu  or (949) 824-4428 about concerns or questions relating to the status of their mentoring relationships.