Queen's University Biology

Departmental Student Council

Peer Mentorship Program

Program Overview

The Biology DSC’s Peer Mentorship program seeks to partner lower year biology or pre-biology students to experienced upper year students. The program runs throughout the year and involves participation in weekly, hour-long events. Events are primarily held on campus, and will have either an academic or social focus. Mentors help guide mentees through events and workshops using their expertise and experience in the biology program. (Note: Mentors are not expected to run workshops, only participate in them.) It is also expected that mentees and mentors will communicate online at least once per month (though more is always welcome). Our goal is to make everyone’s time in the biology department as enjoyable as possible, and to give the mentees (and mentors) the tools to keep healthy, happy, and focused.

Mentor application due Friday September 29th at 11:59pm

Mentee application due Monday October 2nd at 11:59pm

Role of a Mentor

Responsibilities include…

  • Committing to a year of mentorship
  • Attending all events, and providing valid proof and/or notice when unable to attend an event
  • E-mailing or messaging your mentee at least once a month
  • Responding to mentee e-mails within a few days
  • Providing support and constructive feedback to your mentee during events
  • Contacting the Mentoring Representative if you have any concerns about the program, your mentee, or yourself
  • Completing a mid-term and year-end review of the mentorship program
 A good mentor should be…

  • Enrolled in a biology degree plan (Major, Medial, Minor)
  • Willing to listen and share their experiences
  • Willing to offer support to their mentee
  • Able to attend all or almost all events
  • Able to commit to a full year of mentorship
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Able to respond to e-mails promptly
  • Respectful of other students
Role of a Mentee

Responsibilities include…

  • Committing to a year of mentorship
  • Attending all events, and providing valid proof and/or notice when unable to attend an event
  • Sharing your expectations of the mentorship with your mentor
  • Responding to mentor e-mails within a few days
  • Contacting the Mentoring Representative if you have any concerns about the program, your mentor, or yourself
  • Completing a mid-term and year-end review of the mentorship program
 A good mentee should be…

  • Enrolled in or considering a biology degree plan (Major, Medial, Minor)
  • Curious about new opportunities in the biology department
  • Willing to communicate with their mentor regularly
  • Able to attend all or almost all events
  • Able to commit to a full year of mentorship
  • Respectful of other students