Science Peer Mentorship Program 

The Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) Peer Mentorship Program is a faculty specific program open to incoming first year science students. Ideally students will be paired with senior students or recent alumni who share similar interests and educational goals.

Mentees will have the opportunity to learn from their mentors about the programs they are in and the professors, projects, volunteer and student leadership opportunities in the Faculty of Science and the Science Undergraduate Society.

Mentors will have a chance to share their experiences and knowledge, gain valuable volunteer experience, participate in a learning relationship, and obtain references for their volunteer commitment.

Students of both groups will come from a variety of identified areas. Each student participating will be required to sign a Mentoring Agreement and adhere to the Code of Conduct.

Check out the Science Undergraduate Society Facebook page for events, workshops, publications, open executive positions, and more. Contact them at sus-exec@sfu.ca

Mentor sign-up is closed for the year. Thank you to the 55 students who will be mentoring this year!

We are still accepting applications for Mentees.

Info for Mentees

  • You will be paired with senior students (ideally 4th year or recent alumni) based on your indicated interests and question areas.
  • You will have the opportunity to learn about the programs your mentor is in and the professors, projects, volunteer and student leadership opportunities in the Faculty of Science and the Science Undergraduate Society.
  • Students for both groups will come from a variety of identified areas. Each participant will be required to sign a Mentoring Agreement and adhere to the Code of Conduct. 

Info for Mentors

  • You will be required to complete two to three hours of online training and attend the in-person orientation/training session on Saturday, July 15th, 2017.
  • You are responsible for meeting/discussing questions with your student three times over the semester, at least once face-to-face. 
  • You will be asked to submit to the SUS a one-page discussion of your experiences with the program, suggestions, discussions, etc. at the end of the semester (or the year, if you continue on to a second session)
  • You will be required to attend the the kick-off event, and the wrap-up event. (Details TBD)
  • Your materials include a list of mentorship resources - look them over if you have any troubles
  • You should also read over the suggestions for mentors, the code of conduct, mentor checklist and all other materials at the start of the semester
  • If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, contact the Mentorship Coordinator or the SUS to resolve them
  • For more information please email sciencerep@sfss.ca

FAQs for Mentees

Will I be matched with someone in my area of interest?

Both mentors and mentees will be asked to identify their areas of interest or expertise when applying to take part in the program. Every possible effort will be made to match mentors/mentees. If you do end up with a mentor or mentee outside your first choice, remember that you both still have a lot to offer. You can investigate questions and solutions together to make sure that you both get what you are looking for out of the program. And finally, remember that the SUS can always point you in the direction of some great resources!

How much time will I spend with my mentee?

Mentors and mentees are required to meet/discuss things at least three times each semester - each participant is required to sign up for at least one semester. Note that only one of these meetings is required to be face-to-face. That being said, you are welcome to work together as often or as long as you like!

What kinds of things will I do with my mentor?

There are lots of different things. You may have questions about particular programs, professors, career opportunities or how to get involved in student governance.  You can meet for coffee or for lunch, talk on the phone, email, get together in the common room or library, connect through social media. You can volunteer together or visit a workplace setting. Please remember that there should be one face-to-face meeting (at least) during the semester and most of all, mentors are a resource and not advisors.

What kinds of things will my mentor help me with?

Depending on what you have identified as your area of interest, your mentor is mostly here to act as a resource to point you to where you can get the proper advising on courses and programs and also to connect you with opportunities to get involved with student governance or leadership. This is your chance to find out about the different programs offered by the Faculty of Science, which courses are interesting (and which aren’t!), the different assignments you may be expected to do, where to find academic resources, learn about Co-op or SIS, learn about possible career fields and how to get involved with the student society and clubs. Ideally you and your mentor will work together to identify questions you would like to discuss over the semester and work on those questions.

FAQs for Mentors

Will I be matched with someone in my area of interest?

Both mentors and mentees will be asked to identify their areas of interest or expertise when applying to take part in the program. Every possible effort will be made to match mentors/mentees. If you do end up with a mentor or mentee outside your first choice, remember that you both still have a lot to offer. You can investigate questions and solutions together to make sure that you both get what you are looking for out of the program. And finally, remember that the SUS can always point you in the direction of some great resources!

How much time will I spend with my mentee?

Mentors and mentees are required to meet/discuss things at least three times each semester - each participant is required to sign up for at least one semester. Note that only one of these meetings is required to be face-to-face. That being said, you are welcome to work together as often or as long as you like!

What kinds of things will I do with my mentee?

There are lots of different things. Your mentee may have questions about particular program they are interested in, professors, career opportunities or how to get involved in student governance.  You can meet for coffee or for lunch, talk on the phone, email, get together in the common room or library, connect through social media. You can volunteer together or visit a workplace setting. Please remember that there should be one face-to-face meeting (at least) during the semester and most of all, mentors serve as a resource and not as advisors.

What's in it for me?

As a mentor, you’ll receive valuable volunteer experience that lets you share your knowledge and experience. The SUS also provides references or reference letters for mentors who have completed at least one semester of the program. Should you complete all of the requirements of the SUS mentorship program, your involvement will be recognized on your SFU Co-Curricular Record. Additionally you will be invited to the campus-wide appreciation dinner, the SFU Volunteer Appreciation Gala in February. And don’t forget that both mentors and mentees have lots of opportunities to get involved with the SUS. You can plan events, work with guest speakers, create promotional materials, work on Science Journal, meet new friends, and more!

What do I have to offer a mentee?

Lots of things! Most new students who come in contact with the SUS just want to know about all the incredible opportunities that Science has to offer. You are the expert who has lived through registering for classes, sat through Bisc 401, worked your way through Co-op applications and interviews, conducted focus groups and events for Geek Week or for Chem 332. Your experiences and the information that you have learned is what you have to offer - whether it’s your insights on classes that you enjoyed, or projects you found daunting, or a connection you have with a Co-op employer.

Who can become a mentor?

Any upper division science student that will have completed 60 credits by the end of the Fall 2017 term, and who has attended the information orientation session scheduled for July 15, 2017.