What is the UCI BioSci Mentor Program?
The School of Biological Sciences Mentor Program is a voluntary program created for students to explore career interests and engage in mutually beneficial, professionally oriented relationships with alumni and community members. UCI BioSci undergraduate sophomore, junior, and senior students are eligible to participate in the program. If space is available, freshmen will be considered.
BioSci created the Mentor Program to help college graduates not only survive, but be successful. This program pairs alumni and community professionals with students with similar interests. Mentors provide academic and career guidance, networking opportunities, and insights into the working world. They can help students answer such questions as: What can I do with my degree? Should I go to graduate or professional school? Where do I see myself in five years?
The Mentor Program gives our students an edge and enables them to distinguish themselves as they pursue graduate school and/or enter the workforce. Mentoring the next generation of biologists is an important part of our mission. Partnerships with industry and community members are invaluable in helping us educate students to become the world-changers of tomorrow.
The Mentor Program begins in the fall and lasts through the following May. To enroll in the program, all mentors and students must complete profile forms identifying their education, career path/goals, professional background, and personal interests.