Mentoring occurs when a person who has been successful in an environment or context shares their knowledge with you to help you negotiate a similar experience. The purpose of the Peer Mentoring Program is to:
- Provide you with positive engineering role models
- Facilitate personal, career, and professional development
- Encourage you to continue your study in engineering
- Ease your transition from high school to college
Through relationships with role models, students gain the confidence and perspective necessary to be productive members of a global and multicultural workforce.
Benefits of Having a Mentor
- Role models for a lifetime
- Access to a new community
- Broader networks through your mentor
- Encouragement and support
- Inside knowledge of "dos" and "dont's"
How it Works
The Peer Mentoring Program provides women in engineering and transfer students the opportunity to be a part of mentoring teams during the fall semester. Mentoring teams meet regularly to provide support, discuss their experiences, and explore opportunities within engineering at UMD. A mentor will be matched to a team and guide them throughout the semester.
All first year and new external transfer students will be assigned a mentor and grouped separately to ensure that the unique needs of each group are addressed. Additional information on this program is provided during the student’s orientation program. New students studying engineering are invited to participate in the WIE Peer Mentoring Program during the fall 2019 semester by completing this form: https://go.umd.edu/
Become a Mentor
Mentors serve as a resource for mentees, providing them with information to help them acclimate to the University of Maryland. Mentors serve as a sounding board for the various issues that confront new students - such as what classes to take, how to interact with an advisor, joining professional societies and other concerns. The new students need someone they can talk to who understands the pressures they face as engineering students who also happen to be under-represented. Mentees have said that it is just nice to know that someone was there that they could go to.
Become a Mentor Coordinator
Mentor Coordinators are in charge of coordinating a group of SEEDS peer mentors. This includes meeting with Peer Mentors once every two weeks, ensure mentors turn in forms and are meeting with mentees and helping with event planning and execution. You must have previously served as a Peer Mentor in order to qualify for the Mentor Coordinator position.