Interested in building connections to our COE community early? Consider participating in our Undergraduate Mentorship Program! We pair first and second year students up with upperclassmen in the College of Engineering based on majors, interest areas, and professional/personal goals. This is a great way to create a relationship with an experienced engineering student who can assist you in navigating those first few years of college life. Want to learn more? Check out our FAQ below, or consider reaching out to the Diversity and Student Experience committee!
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What is the Mentorship Program?
The Mentorship program is a semester-long pairing where upperclassmen will mentor underclassmen and help share their experiences, tips, and suggestions for how to successfully navigate the beginning stages of life as a Badger Engineer.
How does the Mentorship Program work?
This program will require a sign up form for mentees and mentors which will be due Wednesday, September 22nd at midnight. After signing up and completing a code of conduct form, pairing of mentors with mentees will be completed by the DSE committee and will be announced at the mentorship kickoff on Sunday, September 26th at 3:00 PM. From here it will be mentors and mentees responsibility to organize meeting times while a few event nights will be hosted by WESC as well. Finally, there will be a closing event in December to thank all participants and learn how we can grow this program going forward.
Who can be a part of this program?
All College of Engineering students are encouraged to get involved with this program. Mentor positions will consist primarily of third and fourth years students while mentee positions will consist primarily of first and second year students.
Why should I get involved?
This question largely depends on your stage in college. For underclassmen, this is a great way to meet new people and gain valuable insight from experienced engineers in any subject you would like. Upperclassmen get a chance to make a real, positive impact on another badger engineer and help improve their mentees experience while transitioning to the College of Engineering. Additionally, mentors can help build leadership and communication skills through this program.
How does the pairing process work?
The pairing will be based on five criteria we will gather from both mentors and mentees. In order these are, 1) majors, 2) availability during the week, 3) desired commitment, 4) areas of focus, and 5) additional preferences if applicable.
What do I do if my mentor/mentee is not what I expected?
We encourage all participants to work together to make their pairings the best they can be, but will readily intervene if asked. Please reach out if there is any noncompliance with the Code of Conduct and we will take the necessary steps.
How do you ensure the safety of all mentees/mentors?
In addition to creating resources for effective mentor/mentee relationships, we have a Code of Conduct form (linked here) all participants must complete and comply with at the risk of removal from the program or further action by the College.
If you are an upperclassmen in CoE we strongly encourage you to sign up to be a mentor and make a positive impact on the lives of our newer badger engineers. This experience not only helps mentees but can also be deeply rewarding for the mentor as they can directly see how they are helping campus be a better place while also improving communication and leadership skills. For this reason and many more we strongly encourage participation in our mentorship program. The applications are due September 22nd by midnight.
If you are relatively new to the CoE community and would like to get a jumpstart building new connections, we would love to see you join as a mentee! This opportunity allows you to meet new people and to learn how other Badger Engineers effectively navigate academic, professional, and social life within the CoE. We highly encourage you to participate in our mentorship program. The applications are due September 22nd by midnight.
Code of Conduct
We expect a caring and professional community among all of our mentors and mentees, where respect is shown towards all members. This Code of Conduct must be completed by September 22nd.
Resources for Mentors and Mentees
We recognize this may be a new and exciting experience for some of you and greatly appreciate you stepping out and trying something new. In order to make this Mentee/Mentor relationship the best it possibly can be, we have gathered some tips and tricks for mentors and mentees along with some other resources you may review in order to help create a fun and beneficial environment.