Peer Mentorship

The Faculty of Science Peer Mentorship Program is a faculty-wide program open to incoming science students, whether you are a new undergraduate or a transfer student who is new to SFU, who will be paired with upper-year science students who will help them connect to campus resources as well as social and academic activities and events. 

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 student community.

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.

Participating in a mentorship program, either as a mentor or mentee, helps students get involved outside of the classroom and engage with their peers.

The Science Peer Mentorship Program is now accepting mentees for Spring 2021. If you are a new student who has questions about how to get involved or about SFU student resources, please contact Thomas Leischner (sci_engagement@sfu.ca).

Info for Mentees

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. Matching takes place in the summer and you can expect to hear from someone in July.

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
  • Participate in Fall Welcome Day as a Welcome Leader where you will meet your mentees, share stories about your student experience and facilitate conversations amongst your group of incoming students
  • You will also be able to contribute to the planning of the Faculty of Science Welcome Day session and help train and acclimate new Welcome Leaders

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
  • Get connected to likeminded peers with similar enthusiasm and interest in leadership and supporting incoming students
  • Gain recognition on SFU’s official Co-Curricular Record (CCR) upon fulfillment of all responsibilities

I was a peer mentor last fall, do I need to apply again?

  • Because the Science Senior Welcome Leader & Peer Mentor is an expanded role we are asking all who are interested to apply

“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 mentee

"I really enjoyed being able to meet new people and guiding a new student through their university transition”

...From a mentor