First-generation mentor program
Goals of the program
- To increase the retention and success of a first-generation students in the College of Engineering
- To provide individualized and ongoing mentorship from peers, graduate students, faculty, and alumni
- To increase campus acculturation and sense of belonging in the engineering community
- To mitigate the academic, professional, and social challenges faced by many first-generation college students
2019-2020 Program details
The FGMP is a year-long, two tiered program where (1) first-generation upper-division engineering students mentor first-generation lower-division engineering students and (2) alumni, faculty, and graduate students mentor first-generation upper-division engineering students.
There are four components to the FGMP:
- Individualized mentorship: You will meet one-on-one with your mentor or mentee throughout the academic year.
- Workshops: You will attend workshops focused on professional development, academic success, and wellness.
- Company visits and field trips: You will participate in company visits and field trips.
- Staff support: You will meet with the program manager throughout your mentorship to discuss any challenges and to ensure progress on both academic and professional goals.
- Submit an application
Applications for the 2019-2020 year are closed. New applications will available online beginning in April 2020. Please note that not all mentors and mentees will be selected. There are a limited number of spots and selection will be based on major, interests, and other matching criteria.Also, note that for the 2019-2020 academic year, there will only be peer mentorship, where first-generation upper-division students are paired with first-generation lower-division students. Alumni, faculty, and graduate student mentorship will be implemented in the 2020-2021 academic year. If selected, mentors will receive a $700 stipend for the year if they are paired with two mentees. Mentors will receive a $600 stipend for the year if they are paired with one mentee.
Attend the mandatory training and Kick-off event:
Mentor training: Friday, August 30, 2019
Mentee orientation: Friday, September 6, 2019
Kick-off event: Monday, September 9, 2019 from 6-8 PM
- One-on-one meetings and workshops
Mentors and mentees are required to meet at least 5 times per semester. You will also be required to check-in with the program manager at least 3 times per semester to update on progress and discuss any challenges. Mentors and mentees are also required to attend all workshops throughout the academic year.