Founded in 2017, the Chemistry Peer Mentoring Program aims at helping first-year undergraduate and first-year transfer students majoring in chemistry transition into college life at UC Davis. The goal is to provide new incoming students, especially first-generation and underrepresented minorities, with guidance and resources to have a successful first year directly from their peers! The year-long mentorship will consist of weekly one-on-one meetings with mentees and mentors and monthly community building meetings along with other individually planned mentor-mentee activities. Long-term involvement is intended to build a strong peer network among all mentors and mentees to help them thrive in UC Davis academics, chemistry, and social life.
About the Program
First-year students are encouraged to apply for the program and will be matched with their individual mentor. Mentors will be upper-class chemistry majors with preference given to more senior students. Mentees will be enrolled in a one-unit course in the Fall Quarter and will complete 20 total hours with CPMP (10 hours from individual mentor-mentee meetings and 10 hours from community building events). The course is optional for mentors. Mentors are still expected to meet regularly with their mentees for the remaining quarters (average 7 hours in Winter and 5 hours in Spring). The role of a mentor includes but is not limited to:
- Making mentees feel welcome to their new college community.
- Providing mentees with informal advice on academic questions like classes, professors, study tips, time management, etc.
- Actively listening to mentees’ issues, worries, challenges, etc. and setting goals to overcome them.
- Encouraging mentees to try new things in college like joining ACS Chemistry Club or trying research.
- Keeping mentees updated on academic and social events, research opportunities, internships, scholarships, study abroad, etc.
- Referring mentees to further resources such as Peer Advisors, Undergraduate Program coordinators, Professors, Tutors, TAs, Deans, etc.
- Supporting mentees in general with their college transition.
It is up to the mentor and mentee to decide how they want their meetings to go. Ideas include getting meals together, grabbing a coffee between classes, meeting at the library, exploring gems in the city together, and more!
Information for Mentors
Students completing upper-division study and who show interest in the program should apply to be a mentor. Mentors must be a chemistry major, possess a UC GPA of 2.50 or higher, be in good academic standing, and be on campus (at minimum) Fall and Winter Quarter. When accepted, mentors will attend a mandatory info session to better prepare themselves for the mentorship. Mentors are to provide support for their mentees. They are not to serve as major advisers or tutors in Chemistry.
Information for Mentees
Students entering their first year at UC Davis, including transfers, and are enrolled as a chemistry major are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to underrepresented minorities in chemistry.
Please keep a lookout for emails regarding mentor and mentee applications! If you have further questions on the program, please contact Program Coordinator Lucy Luong at firstname.lastname@example.org.