Mentor Program Overview
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Mentor Program Overview

The Ayala School of Biological Sciences Mentor Program is a voluntary program created for students to explore career interests and engage in mutually beneficial, professionally oriented relationships with alumni and community members. Bio Sci undergraduate students at UC Irvine are eligible to participate in the Mentor Program.

The Bio Sci Mentor Program begins in the fall and lasts for one academic year. To enroll in the program, all mentors and students must complete profile forms identifying their education, career path/goals, professional background, and personal interests. After being matched for one year, the mentor and student decide whether or not they would like to continue the relationship for the upcoming academic year and after graduation from UC Irvine.

Mentor defined: A mentor is an advisor who may provide academic or career guidance, networking opportunities, and insights into the working world. Similar career goals, shared interests, or common academic backgrounds provide the foundation for the student/mentor relationship. The student and the mentor will mutually agree upon the nature of the relationship.

Guidelines to becoming a Mentor: A successful mentorship involves initiative on the part of both the student and the mentor. The following list includes activities and steps that you may take to benefit your mentee.

  • Be in contact with mentee at least once a month.
  • Be approachable and accessible by e-mail and/or telephone.
  • Attend an on-campus event (if you are local).
  • Schedule a visit to your workplace (if you are local).
  • Participate in activities related to common interests.

Benefits of Mentoring:

  • Enrich your own life by making a difference in someone else’s.
  • Reconnect to The School of Biological Sciences on a personal level.
  • Gain new skills as you advise and counsel students.
  • Share your own experiences and insights.