Honors students have a unique opportunity to be mentored by Honors alumni.
We welcome all Honors students and alumni to apply.
Through the Honors Alumni Mentoring Network, we bring Mentors and Mentees together to exchange ideas and engage in workshops, events, and conversations around personal and professional development. A rich and vibrant community is created in which we all learn from one another.
- The application process for Mentees will occur in the Fall.
- Mentors can apply on a rolling basis.
- Upperclass student (second year of study or above)
- Can commit at least 2 hours per month.
- Feel prepared for the professional obligation of being mentored or mentoring.
Mentees form relationships with Honors Alumni, who provide valuable support and professional development skills.
- Actively engage with your Mentor throughout the academic year by meeting virtually or in-person 1-2 times per month.
- Discuss communication preferences, individual goals, and expectations with your Mentor to determine how you both would like to engage in the mentorship.
- Be proactive in reaching out to your Mentor and be prepared for each meeting with questions and discussion topics.
- Follow through on all communications and agreed-upon meetings.
- Be flexible, open-minded, and respectful.
- Show appreciation for your Mentor’s time and expertise.
- Engage with other members in the Network, both alumni and students, through our online platform as well as through virtual and in-person events.
Honors Alumni Mentors provide guidance and support to Honors students as they chart their unique learning journeys and bright futures.
- Meet either virtually or in-person at least 1-2 times per month throughout the duration of the academic year.
- Maintain consistent contact with your Mentee, promptly respond to their communications, and be as flexible as possible as students balance competing responsibilities of classes, co-op, etc.
- Be open, honest, and authentic with your Mentee(s)!
Mentorship Enrichment Fund
The Mentorship Enrichment Fund is an opportunity for Mentors and Mentees to apply for small grants (up to $100) to support activities and learning experiences that can contribute toward the growth of their mentoring relationship and toward the advancement of the Mentee’s professional development. There are so many ways pairs can use this funding, from attending a lecture/webinar/training or reading a book together to transportation to meet your Mentor for a learning experience and much more.
Please contact Clarque Brown with questions.
How do Mentor/Mentee pairs access the Mentorship Enrichment Fund?
Mentor/Mentee pairs should submit a proposal via the Mentorship Enrichment Fund Application
- Rolling application that can be submitted at any time during the mentorship
- Only one proposal needs to be submitted on behalf of both the Mentor and Mentee
- Proposal should include:
- Estimated costs
- When the intended activity will occur
- How it will contribute to the mentorship
- Professional relevance to the Mentee (and possible the Mentor)
Please note that your proposal should be for an experience in which both you and your Mentor will participate. If you would like to request funding for an experience only the Mentee will participate in (e.g., a training that the Mentor has already completed), you must describe how your proposal relates to the mentorship and how the mentor will support this experience (i.e., preparing the Mentee, reflecting on the experience afterwards, discussing skills developed and future uses).
How much funding can Mentor/Mentee pairs receive?
Each Mentor/Mentee pair is eligible to apply for a maximum of $100 per academic year. If the intended activity exceeds $100, please apply anyway and we will inform you if we are able to fund the entire cost or if we will subsidize a portion.
Hear from our Mentees and Mentors…
“I’m interested in pursuing a career in environmental justice, which is different from Lauren’s career, but we’ve been able to find so many connections and shared interests. She’s given me insight into some of the pros and cons of working in nonprofit sector, which has been really helpful. We’ve also talked about everything from how to make the most of co-op to advice about graduate school.”Kira Mok, CSSH ’23
“When I was applying to medical school, it would have been really helpful to have an older student to ask questions of. I wanted to be able to provide that resource to Honors students who are in the same shoes I was. As a mentor, I’ve definitely been impressed with how hard my mentee is working to achieve her goals. It has helped me stay engaged in the Honors Program and definitely given me motivation to keep pushing in my own career.”Nick Martin, Bouvé ’16
“[Janette] has been a wonderful mentor. I’m very fortunate to have someone so knowledgeable give me advice on nursing. Her accessibility and openness have been an asset to me, and her advice and answers to questions are always helpful. The relationship that I have with her is incredibly rewarding, as she shares knowledge a young nurse should have to be the best they can be for their future patients.”Lindsay Parcell, Bouvé ’23
“Being a mentor means working to understand the goals, motivations, experiences, and challenges of your mentee and sharing knowledge, connections, and insights that you have gained to help your mentee reach their goals, clarify their motivations, frame their experience, and navigate their challenges. In a successful mentorship relationship, the mentor gains just as much as the mentee. No one has a monopoly on knowledge and insights, so I approach every conversation with the expectation I will learn something from my mentee.”Allen Meringolo, DMSB ’16