Do you have expertise or experience that our students should hear about? Do you have some sage words of advice for young up-and-comers in your field? Or are you interested in talking to some undergraduates and helping them as they wrestle with decisions about careers and graduate schools? Then you might consider becoming a Career Mentor for the School of Natural Science and Mathematics!
The Dean’s Office is assembling a group of potential mentors to participate in a new Career Mentoring Network. Many students don’t have a clear understanding of the types of careers that are available or of the day-to-day realities of a chosen career. Furthermore, studies have shown that undergraduates who interact with role models are more likely to persist in the major and attend graduate school.
Mentors will fill out an agreement form which clearly lays out the time commitment, the preferred method of communication with students (e.g., phone, email, in-person), and whether you would like to initiate the contact yourself or if students can initiate it. Your name and brief biography will be added to our mentor list along with only the contact information you wish to provide. In-person meetings on campus will normally be arranged by our Office.
To kickoff the Career Mentoring Network, the School’s Board of Advisors had dinner with 15 students in early October while they were on campus for their semi-annual board meeting. The dinner was a great success – students had a great time talking with a group of our most involved alumni that included doctors, the owner of a software company, dentists, a toxicologist, and biotechnology leaders.
If you are interested in being part of the Mentoring Network, please contact the Dean’s Office and we will send you a Mentoring Agreement Form.