Science Mentor Program

The Science Mentor Program connects new students with upper-year volunteer Student Mentors in the Faculty of Science. Our Science Mentors are there for you before classes begin and throughout your first academic year. As the mentee you determine how much guidance you need and which method of engagement is preferred (text, email, in-person, etc.).

The goal of the Science Mentor program is to help new students become thriving members of our campus community. Joining the Science Mentor program will allow you to:

  • meet new people, join student clubs and intramural teams,
  • participate in events and volunteer opportunities with peers,
  • gain awareness of faculty-specific and university-wide support and resources,
  • have direct access to ongoing peer support,
  • learn and benefit from the lived experiences of others, and,
  • develop confidence in your own abilities as you find your place on campus.

Science Student Mentors have made a big impact in the lives of first year Science students. Check out perspectives from some of our previous mentees:

“My science mentor showed me ways to get involved by sharing his experience and directing my efforts.” 

“My science mentor was an excellent listener, and he was able to connect with me when I was overwhelmed.”

“Being an international student, coming to university in Canada was met with excitement and nervousness. I was very grateful to have a mentor throughout my first year. She was my go-to person. I remember the first day of school when she showed me around campus. She shared study tips, favorite classes, and even her favorite spots to study and eat on campus. I can't thank her enough for everything my Science Mentor has done for me."

  • Who are science mentors?

    A science mentor is an upper-year science student who has experience with university life and is interested in supporting your success. Mentors are selected from an extensive application and interview process on the basis of their campus involvement and academic experiences. All mentors participate in training prior to being matched with a mentee.

    Note: Student mentors are not able to assist with questions related to the specifics of program admissions, transfer credits, course prerequisites, and all other academic issues. For program planning, degree requirements, and course selection, general students please see a Student Advisor in the Faculty of Science or honors and specialization students see your Department Advisor.

  • How do I request a mentor?

    Step 1:If you’re interested in being matched with a Science Mentor, please SIGN UP HERE.

    Step 2: Once your application has been received, you will be matched to a Science Student Mentor. Your assigned mentor will send initial communication to your UAlberta email account, around mid-August. Please email if you have any questions.

    Step 3. Let your conversations begin!

  • How do I become a mentor?

    Becoming a science mentor is a great way to get involved in your campus community and make a difference in the first-year experience of a new student. Please see more information on becoming a mentor here.