Science Mentorship Program

The Science Mentorship Program (SMP) facilitates peer-to-peer undergraduate mentoring opportunities by matching first- and second-year students with more experienced Science students in third year or above. Mentees shape their learning journey with support from a senior undergraduate student, and Mentors develop leadership skills while sharing their experiences and insights.

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Why join the Science Mentorship Program:

The Science Mentorship Program offers both Mentors and Mentees a valuable and flexible leadership opportunity that builds peer-to-peer connections and wider community relationships. Mentor-Mentee partnerships are unique and reflective ways for junior and senior students to engage their skills, providing a space for Mentees to find advice on navigating their university experience and Mentors to make a difference for their fellow Science students. Students connect at all community levels through SMP, forging strong networks that can expand into personal, academic, and professional opportunities.

What you get out of participating:

Mentees get to:

  • Connect with a mentor who can help support your learning journey and answer questions about life at UCalgary
  • Attend workshops and lectures to develop academic, professional, and personal skills
  • Participate in fun Science activities and events
  • Receive Co-Curricular Credit

Mentors get to:

  • Build leadership and mentoring skills by supporting a first- or second-year student navigating life at UCalgary
  • Connect with like-minded peers and alumni
  • Participate in fun Science activities and events
  • Receive Co-Curricular Credit

Time commitment and Co-Curricular Record expectations:

Mentors and Mentees are required to meet a minimum of once a month during the academic year. These one-on-one meetings can be set up in any way and at a frequency that works best for both the Mentors and the Mentees – they can be formal, informal, online, in-person, etc.

SMP participants are expected to commit 10 hours over the fall and winter semesters. Mentors and Mentees can expect to commit to the following activities, which will count towards their 10 hours:

  • Orientation and training in fall
  • Online mentorship resources
  • Monthly (minimum) meetings between you and your mentee
  • Attending social and professional development events

By participating in the Science Mentorship Program, Mentors and Mentees are eligible to receive credit on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR), a university recognized and accredited transcript of your extra-curricular activities. The CCR is an excellent supplement to resumes and CV’s, especially when you’re looking for volunteer and job opportunities. Mentors or Mentees must have completed their 10-hour time commitment to be eligible for the CCR.

My mentor was understanding, committed and caring, and would do anything to help me. She gave me some ideas on how and where to find opportunities related to my field of study, and how to balance school with obligations.
Ajmer, 1st year mentee


My mentee started off his first semester feeling a little uneasy and overwhelmed with university, but he gradually became more and more comfortable throughout the semester. I could see his confidence grow over time, and I was positively surprised with his swift transition into university. I can see him excelling in his degree, and I am very happy to see him getting involved in the campus community as well. 
Sharon, 3rd year mentor

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