Peer Mentor Program

Fall 2015 Mentor Training


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Biology Major Mentor Program matches freshman Biology Majors with upperclassmen in small peer mentor groups along with scheduling classes with other Mentees (when possible) during the first semester on campus. Mentees will register for a specific section of Bioquest which will incorporate the mentor program into the traditional class. It is anticipated that Mentor groups will meet 4 times during the first 8 weeks of the semester and participate in social activities, professional and career development and academic opportunities. For the duration of the academic year the anticipated time commitment will be 1.5 hours per month; or 2 additional meetings in the Fall and 4 meetings in the Spring. Half of the activities are planned and the other half of activities will be coordinated with the Mentors. These can include attending campus events and programs as a group or planning a separate activity.

BENEFITS

• Build strong friendships with other Biology Majors
• Gain important professional skills
• Enjoy a welcoming collaborative learning environment
• Be a part of an exciting and new program on campus!

MENTORS
• Develop leadership and communication skills
• Be a role model and positively impact new college students
• Earn a free meal at Steve’s Pizza each semester!

MENTEES
• Begin gathering essential professional skills
• Get answers from a reliable source during your first year of college
• Learn practical tips and effective study strategies
• Gain knowledge to effectively utilize Campus Resources
• Expand your understanding of the exciting opportunities available to Men and Women in the Biological Sciences

ELIGIBILITY

MENTORS
Mentors are students that have declared a Biology Major or closely related major and meet the following requirements.
• Declared a major in Biology or closely related field
• Obtained at least 60 credit hours
• Completed at least one year at UW-Platteville
• Be in good academic standing
• Commit for the entire academic year
• Be willing to serve as a Mentor for 1-2 freshman Biology majors
• Participate in Mentor Training (3-4hrs typically held the Sunday afternoon after the first week of classes)

MENTEES
Mentees are first-year students at the UW-Platteville who are majoring in Biology. Incoming students who have selected Biology as their major will receive an email with information on how to apply to the program. Incoming students can also apply directly on our website by filling out the online application.
• Declared a major in Biology
• Register for a specific section of Bioquest
• Commit to the program for the 1st year

PROGRAM DETAILS

EXPECTATIONS
Participants are expected to contribute 1.5 hours per month to the Mentor Program through small group meetings. In addition, during the first 8 weeks of classes, Mentors will be encouraged to visit the classroom to discuss their research, job shadowing or outside the classroom experience as well as helping their mentee(s) set some concrete goals for the academic year. Mentees will be expected to develop goals for the academic year which will be incorporated into the BioQuest class and commit to the program for the academic year. The time commitment beyond BioQuest will be small compared to the huge benefit of the program.

MATCHING
Based on the information provided in the application, each first-year student is matched with an upper-level student with regard to career and personal interests.

TEAMS
Mentors and mentees will be put into a small team. The small group gives mentees a chance to meet other first-year students and provides support to the mentors.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES/WORKSHOPS
In addition to the one meeting per month participants are required to attend the Fall Welcome Party which will be held in the evening during the 2nd or 3rd week of classes.

SMALL GROUP MEETINGS
Mentors and mentees are expected to meet at least once per month during the academic year for about 1.5 hours. These activities are organized by the mentor/mentee team and can include social activities, academic opportunities, career and professional development and/or attending events and programs on campus. A list of ideas will be provided to each small group.

COST
The mentors volunteer their time. There is no cost to participate.

OUTCOMES
We anticipate that participants will gain information and social support from their mentors as well as having someone to talk to who has been through the same transition as the first-year students.

APPLY TO THE MENTOR PROGRAM

AS A MENTOR
Apply to be a mentor by going to the Mentor Application and completing and submitting the form. Registration begins in March and will be open through the end of Spring semester. The Biology Mentor Program will contact you to schedule a brief “interview” if you are selected as a mentor. Once we receive a confirmation from you we will begin the process of matching you to one or two mentee. Towards the beginning of August you will be sent your mentee’s or mentees’ information to begin communication. There will be a required training of 3.5 hours at the end of the first week of classes (typically held on that Sunday afternoon) and a required welcome party for all participants during the 2nd or 3rd week of classes.

AS A MENTEE
Apply to be a mentee by going to the Mentee Application and completing and submitting the form. Registration begins in April and will be open through the Friday before classes start. If you are interested please register early as once the class is filled we will no longer be able to accept additional mentees. During summer registration your academic advisor will help you enroll in the Peer Mentoring Bioquest section. The Biology Mentor Program will then match you with a mentor and towards the beginning of August you will be sent your Mentor’s information to begin communication. There will be a required welcome party for all participants during the 2nd or 3rd week of classes.

QUESTIONS
Nadia M. Sifri, M.S.
Phone: (608) 342-7125
Email: sifrin@uwplatt.edu or biology@uwplatt.edu ATTN: Mentor Program

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