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Science Mentorship Program

Find your Place and Make Connections

Get a quick overview of how as a mentee we can help you find your way as you transition to university life and as a mentor lend a hand to new students!


Connect. Socialize. Grow.

The Science Mentorship Program is designed to help first year students transition to and connect with their Faculty community. First year science student mentees are paired with an upper year Faculty of Science mentor (called mentorship pairs). Through one-on-one and group gatherings, students gain valuable knowledge that will help them adjust to and thrive in the university environment. Students will build skills that are useful both during their post-secondary education and beyond.

Mentorship pairs connect regularly throughout the academic year to:

  • participate in social activities,
  • attend program events,
  • discuss academics, and
  • explore campus resources.

Social events and activities are scheduled monthly and vary from more academic and developmental to distinctly fun and social.

For this year’s schedule of events, click here.

In addition to program events and activities, mentorship pairs are required to meet at least twice per semester. In these one-on-one meetings, mentees ask questions, request tips or tricks around certain topics or discuss class content; mentors share their experiences, answer questions about campus resources, or suggest different ways to get involved.

Co-Curricular Record

Participation in the Science Mentorship Program can lead to credit on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR). The CCR is the University of Calgary’s official document that recognizes a student’s out-of-classroom participation. To learn more about the CCR and find additional CCR-recognized programs, visit:

In order to have Science Mentorship added to your CCR, you must engage with the program for a minimum of 20 hours over the calendar year (May 1- April 30).


Students who are engaged in their university community report a more satisfying overall post-secondary experience. Engaged students are also more likely to be confident seeking the campus resources they need to ensure sustained positive mental health and achieve academic success. (Colvin & Ashman, 2010; Kuh, Cruce, Shoup, Kinzie, & Gonyea, 2008).

As a mentee, guidance from an upper year student is invaluable. They are an impartial, judgement-free connection and resource that is able to see your experience from your perspective – they were in first year not long ago themselves.

As a mentor you have the opportunity to impact a new student in a fundamental way: sharing your experience to enhance theirs. In addition, you will build your leadership skills through the two-part training sessions that occur in September and January.

Another way to participate

The program is administered through the Undergraduate Science Centre (USC). The program planning committee includes two USC staff as well as three Faculty of Science student representatives -  Science Mentorship Leaders.

The Science Mentorship Leaders provide a student perspective and voice in the selection, planning, and execution of the program events and activities. Leaders are selected annually for a one-year term.

To be considered for a Science Mentorship Leader position, students must be:

  • currently registered in a Faculty of Science BSc or BSc Honours degree,
  • in their third year of study during the year they serve as a leader (completed/registered in at least 48 units at time of application),
  • able to attend monthly events/activities during the year they serve as a leader, and
  • able to attend two program planning events, usually held in May.



Mentors are expected to:

  • Attend both training session, September and January.
  • Reach out to their mentee to initiate the first meet-and-greet.
  • Maintain contact with their mentee and respond to them in a timely manner.
  • Attend events and participate in social activities.


Mentees are expected to:

  • Maintain contact with their mentor and respond to them in a timely manner.
  • Commit to improving their academic, professional and personal skills.
  • Attend events and participate in social activities.

Mentorship Leader

Mentorship Leaders are expected to:

  • Attend planning meetings to assist in the development of programming for the year (usually held in May).
  • Participate in as many program events as possible throughout the year, though attendance at all events is preferable.
  • Champion the Science Mentorship Program and act as an ambassador for the Science Mentorship Program.


Applications to participate in the Science Mentorship Program for the Fall 2017 – Winter 2018 academic year are now open!


Fall 2016 – Winter 2017

  • October – Locked Room event and Stress management workshops
  • November – Skating party and Science Strengths Workshop.
  • December – Pizza Party and Charity Wrap up Event


Colvin, J. W. & Ashman, M. (2010). Roles, risks, and benefits of peer mentoring relationships in higher education. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 18(2), 121-134. doi: 10.1080/13611261003678879

Kuh, G. D., Cruce, T. M., Shoup, R., Kinzie, J. & Gonyea, R. M. (2008). Unmasking the effects of student engagement on first-year college grades and persistence. The Journal of Higher Education 79(5), 540-563. doi:10.1353/jhe.0.0019