Science Peer Mentorship Program
The Faculty of Science Peer Mentorship Program is a faculty specific program open to incoming first year science students who 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.
Questions about the program can be directed to Thomas Leischner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Info for Mentees
Why should I join?
- Feel connected and engaged to the SFU community and the Faculty of Science
- Connect with someone throughout your first year to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Or, to simply have a listening ear to hear about how things are going. Make new friends and join in on social activities and events
- Become more informed of resources and services that will help contribute to your academic and social success at SFU
- Increase awareness of opportunities to get involved and gain valuable volunteer or work experience
How does this program work?
- After you sign up, we match you with one of our fabulous Peer Mentors based on a variety of factors including common academic and social interests. Matching will occur in July/August.
- Your Peer Mentor will reach out to you via email or text and you will meet up early in September – at the kick-off event, or whenever your schedule is free.
- From there, you and your mentor will continue to stay in touch throughout the year via face to face meetings, social media, emails or texts – it's up to you!
- Your mentor’s role is to provide you with support and a listening ear, inform you of resources, and personal advice on how to succeed at SFU!
What do I need to do to join?
- Click on the link below and fill out a short application (3-5 minutes)! After that, someone will be in touch with you about the next steps. Since matching takes place in the summer, you can expect to hear from someone by July 2018.
Where can I sign up?
Info for Mentors
What will I be expected to do as a Peer Mentor?
- Provide guidance, support, and advice to new SFU students through the sharing of your own SFU experience in face-to-face, email or phone interactions throughout the year
- Provide information on resources to help new students succeed socially and academically at SFU
- Attend or promote campus-wide and faculty, departmental or program-specific events to your mentee on a regular basis
- Regularly communicate with the Program Coordinator if there are issues to resolve
Why should I become a Peer Mentor?
- Gain leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Feel more connected to the SFU community and the Faculty of Science
- Give back to the SFU Community by supporting new students and engendering a sense of belonging on campus
- Gain access to various professional development opportunities to enhance your experience own at SFU
- Gain recognition on SFU’s official Co-Curricular Record (CCR) upon fulfillment of all responsibilities
What are the Requirements to Become a Peer Mentor?
- You must be a continuing undergraduate student in the Faculty of Science with a minimum completion of 30 credits at SFU and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25
- Able to commit to:
For new mentors: An in-person interview
All mentors: Online and in-person training session (one date out of April 26, June 29, or July 27)
Meeting your mentee twice a term, in addition to ongoing communication
- Helpful skills to have:
Strong verbal and written communication skills in addition to organizational and time management skills
Must be prompt, reliable, and responsible with the ability to exercise sound judgment
Must be positive, enthusiastic, and passionate about SFU and the Faculty of Science
Must be respectful, inclusive, and enjoy working with a diverse group of people
I was a Peer Mentor last year, do I need to apply again?
If you were a Peer Mentor last year, and interested in volunteering again, please fill out this brief websurvey to let us know you are still interested.
From a mentee...
“Coming into SFU as an older transfer student, I was quite nervous meeting people. [My mentor] was extremely friendly and professional, indicating many areas to get involved in at the school.”
From a mentor...
I really enjoyed "Being able to meet new people and guiding a new student through their university transition”