Fem+ Engineering Mentorship Program

Fem+ is a seven-month engineering mentorship program for high school students who are women, feminine-presenting or identifying, and non-binary. The Fem+ program gives students the opportunity to explore all the possibilities in the field of engineering!

Whether you are certain about pursuing a career in engineering, considering it among multiple programs, or feeling like you need to know more before making a decision, the Fem+ Engineering Mentorship Program is an inclusive program that supports you as you explore all opportunities and experiences engineering has to offer!

The Fem+ Program creates and fosters valuable connections between high school students, engineering student mentors, university services, and professionals. The program also shares the experiences of students and professionals and provides personalized advice about university applications, what engineering is like, and the transition from high school to university.

The Fem+ program provides you with opportunities to:

  • Be mentored by a current engineering student
  • Participate in information sessions,
  • Attend social events, and
  • Join online discussion platforms where you can pose questions and contribute to discussions with everyone in the program, engineering student mentors, and program directors.

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta invites applications from high school students annually in September. Whether you are certain about pursuing a career in engineering, considering it among multiple programs, or feeling like you need to know more before making a decision — this program is designed to help you explore if this career is the best fit for you!


Fem+ Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have decided 100% to go into engineering at university to apply?
The Fem+ program’s goal is to introduce you to engineering and to help you find out if engineering is a good fit for you.

You might be interested in multiple programs or haven’t even thought about engineering yet, and that’s okay!

This program will give you opportunities to ask questions, hear about experiences in engineering, and meet high school students also exploring their university options.
Is the program open to students outside of the Edmonton area?
Yes! Students from outside of Edmonton are encouraged and welcome to join! We have had high school students from Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and the Yukon participate in the program. Students have come from cities, small towns, and rural areas If you are enrolled in high school anywhere in Canada, you are welcome to apply!

The Fem+ program has a mix of virtual and in-person content, but in-person participation is not required and we record of live stream in-person sessions whenever possible.
What are the information sessions about?

Information sessions adapt and change each year.

We ask applicants to share their interests in their application to help guide our programming.

Examples of previous topics include:

  • “What even is engineering?”
  • What courses should I take in high school?
  • Application to university help session
  • The real-world application of engineering (work experience, the co-op program, research and more!)
  • How to make your scholarship application stand out
  • How to apply for Scholarships
  • Being a member of an underrepresented group in engineering
  • Academic and mental health resources
  • Specializations in engineering
Is there a cost for the program?
There are no program fees.

However, should you decide to attend events at the University of Alberta, travel and personal expenses are not included.
I am a current engineering student and I want to volunteer for Fem+. How do I get involved?
We’d love to have you involved!

There are many volunteer opportunities available including becoming a mentor, guest presenter, and helping with program operations. Please contact us at femprog@ualberta.ca.
How often do mentors and mentees meet?
We suggest that mentors and mentees connect at least once a month during the program.

We encourage you to connect in whatever way works best for you! (Ex. text message, email, phone, or in-person).

It is up to the individual mentor and mentee to decide how often they would like to meet. For mentees, we recommend writing down questions you have for your mentor prior to meeting with them to help keep the conversation going and to ensure you get the most out of your program experience.
What are social events like?

The social events aim to introduce program participants to each other and to start building relationships.

Past social events have included:

  • Online Pictionary and games
  • Tie Dye Event
  • Sharpie Mug Art
  • Virtual Yoga
  • Paint & Draw Night
  • Trivia Night

An important part of any university program is building community. The Fem+ program seeks to help you begin building this community in the hopes that you’ll feel better prepared for your transition to university.

Want to know more?

High School Students, Teachers, Parents, and Counsellors:
To receive an email and program poster when applications open subscribe here.

Or send us an email at femprog@ualberta.ca.

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