Mentoring
My involvement in a mentoring program has played an undeniable role in my personal and academic success, to date. My program guided me to many opportunities and people who have played a key role in my development as a student and scientist.
~ UI graduate, former Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program mentor

Student Mentoring Resources

Student success is at the core of any academic institution and, as stated by the UI Student Success Team, “Student success at The University of Iowa is a shared enterprise.”  Mentoring of all sorts can greatly enhance students’ experience and assist them in actively engaging in “educationally-purposeful activities,” which are known to improve their success.  Mentoring can assist students in engaging as part of a larger community; it can strengthen their ability to recognize their skills, abilities, and interests, and assist them in thinking through and accomplishing long-term goals.  Student mentoring occurs in a myriad of ways at The University of Iowa, below are a few of the more formalized programs designed to assist in student success.

University of Iowa Student Mentoring Programs

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  • Bell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory. Students can be mentored by community leaders and entrepreneurs.
  • CIC Summer Research Opportunities Program. The CIC/Iowa Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is an award winning program designed to pair promising underrepresented undergraduate students with faculty mentors in order to initiate the students into research activities within a given discipline.
  • CLAS Peer Mentoring Course (610:009). Peer Mentoring is a "course" the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences developed to provide a way for students and faculty to work together. The course has been used by students/departments that do not have an appropriate course number to let students work as teaching interns in previously taken courses. The College does not match students and faculty. Usually we are approached by a faculty member who has identified a student with whom he/she wants to work in a class, or who has had a student talk with him/her about the possibility of setting up a mentoring experience. For additional information, contact JoAnn Castagna (e-mail or 335-2632).
  • College of Business. Graduates of the MBA program are paired with current students to develop a mentoring relationship.
  • College of Dentistry Dental Student Research Program. Dental students who are interested in research should consider two questions before scheduling an appointment with a possible mentor: What type of research interests you? Which faculty member might be an appropriate mentor for you? 
  • College of Education Honors Opportunity Program. Throughout their junior and/or senior year(s), students are paired with faculty mentors whom they assist. The expected outcome is a senior paper or co-authorship of an article with a faculty member.
  • College of Engineering - Engineer Connection. The program provides personal connections between first year students and upper-class students in the College of Engineering, and helps smooth transition to college life.
  • College of Medicine, Medical Student Counseling Center, Peer Mentoring Program. The Medical Student Counseling Center (MSCC)'s Peer Mentor Program links members of each incoming class with a mentor from the second year class.
  • College of Nursing, Young Pediatric Nurse Program. The Nursing Young Pediatric Clinician Program (YPNCP) is a 1-3 year mentored program for undergraduate nursing students. YPNC students are integrated into the ongoing undergraduate nursing program under the direction of a faculty mentor and expert pediatric nurse clinicians. This unique opportunity is open to all undergraduate and RN-BSN students who qualify.
  • College of Nursing, Young Scientist Program. The University of Iowa College of Nursing Young Scientist Program provides year-long mentored research experiences for undergraduate nursing students. This innovative program is made possible through the support of the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, the Nancy Stence Creason Nursing Young Scientist Scholarship, and the Lazarra Family Foundation Young Scientist Award. The opportunity to participate as a YSP mentor is open to all University of Iowa College of Nursing Faculty, Postdoctoral Fellows, Doctoral Students and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Staff with an active clinical nursing research project. The opportunity to participate as a YSP student is open to all undergraduate and RN-BSN progression students.
  • College of Public Health Student Association, Student Mentor-Mentee Program. New students are paired with current students in their department or degree program.  Pairs meet individually, and also participate in social events with other program participants.  The purpose of the program is to provide peer support and practical assistance to incoming students and to foster positive relationships between all students in the College of Public Health.  Students interested in either being mentored or mentoring a student should contact Amy Engelmann, Collegiate Programs Advisor, at amy-engelmann@uiowa.edu or 384-5463 to request more information.
  • Graduate Student Senate Academic Mentoring Committee. The Graduate Student Senate Academic Mentoring Committee is investigating the beginning of various pilot-programs aimed at providing centralized mentoring services to all students—graduate and undergraduate—at The University of Iowa.
  • Health Sciences Learning Community Mentoring Program. An optional mentoring program pairing professional health science students.
  • Intellectual Property Law Society Mentor Program. The IPLS Mentor Program seeks to foster professional exchange between Iowa law students and intellectual property practitioners.
  • International Programs - Global Buddies. The program matches new international students with returned study abroad students.
  • International Programs, International Studies. UI faculty serve as mentors to undergraduate International Studies majors.
  • Iowa Biosciences Advantage (IBA) Program. IBA Scholars work one-on-one with a UI faculty mentor.
  • ICE-Net (Iowa Career Exploration Network), Pomerantz Career Center. ICE-Net is an online database that connects undergraduate UI students in search of guidance and information with over 500 alumni and established professionals.
  • Iowa Diversity in Business Initiative. The Iowa Diversity in Business Initiative creates a welcoming environment for all students, helps students develop cultural competencies for success in diverse settings, establishes a critical mass of underrepresented students, and increases the retention and graduation rates for students of color and low-income first-generation college students.
  • Leadership Community in Business and Entrepreneurship.  A mentor/mentee program that links floor members with students who have similar interests.
  • Medical Student Research Program, Research Distinction Track (College of Medicine). Students will identify a faculty member at the University of Iowa College of Medicine who is willing to sponsor and supervise their participation in the RDT program.
  • Microbiology PhD Bioinformatics Subtrack. For students in the Bioinfomatics Specialty, both a mentor and co-mentor will be chosen representing the computational and biological aspects of the research project. The dual mentor system is meant to formally tie together the experimental and computational aspects of the Ph.D. thesis project.
  • Summer Undergraduate Medical Scientist Training Program (SUMR). The 8-week SUMR program features research conducted in the laboratory of a faculty member in the biomedical sciences, shadowing of physician-scientists in a clinical setting, Emergency Room shadowing, weekly seminars presenting patient-based discussions emphasizing the intersection of science and medicine, career development seminars, and clinical case-based learning sessions.
  • Vaughan Institute Mentoring Program. The University of Iowa’s Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance, the Beta Alpha Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma (student organization), and the Greater Quad Cities Risk and Insurance Management Society share common goals: encouraging future leaders entering the fields of risk management and insurance. To accomplish this goal, the organizations have come together to create an Industry Mentors program for students completing The University of Iowa’s Certificate of Risk Management and Insurance. The objective is to tap into the inspirational leadership of professionals to nurture the talents of the next generation of risk management and insurance leaders.
  • Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) - Undergraduate Peer Mentoring Program. WISE matches first-year women in science, engineering, math, technology, and healthcare fields one-on-one with upper-level undergraduate women in similar majors/career paths.

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Resources at Other institutions

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  • Indiana University

    • Men of Color Leadership Conference.  The Men of Color Leadership Conference (MOCLC) promotes African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American men by empowering them with the skills and knowledge needed to foster academic success; establish a support network; support the goal of graduation; and improve personal achievement by influencing leadership through representing unity and a commitment to collective betterment of humankind.   
    • Office of Mentoring Services and Leadership DevelopmentOMSLD mentoring services and initiatives represent a comprehensive and developmental approach to understanding and enhancing the quality of undergraduate life and learning. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in a variety of initiatives supporting personal, social, cultural, academic, leadership, and professional growth. Through unique contributions to the campus community and to student life, the OMSLD is representative of the highest quality University efforts to create a stronger and more diverse campus community, better prepare students for life and work in a diverse and global society, and support a common future founded in enhanced achievement and success for all.
    • Telecom Alumni Mentor Program. A mentoring program that matches alumni with telecommunications students at Indiana University.
  • MD Connector. MD Connector is a new and free to use exciting online resource that links medical students and premedical students across the country in productive and interesting ways through writing, study guides, mentoring, and a national healthcare reform competition.  Become a part of this vibrant community if you are interested in:
                         1. Mentoring premedical students
                         2. Sharing your unique experiences and perspectives as a medical student
                         3. Using and creating the ultimate study guides for medical school and the boards
                         4. Having quick and easy access to important study links
                         5. Learning about and sharing your vision for U.S. healthcare reform
  • Purdue University - LEAD Program. Learning through Experience and Awareness in Diversity (L.E.A.D.) peer mentors are Purdue students who facilitate leadership and learning experiences in diversity awareness. L.E.A.D. peer mentors place a priority on educating first-year students in a way that increases awareness and sensitivity about the differences each student brings to campus.
  • University of Illinois

  • University of Michigan

    • Horace H Rackham School of Graduate Studies - How to Get the Mentoring You Want: A Guide for Graduate Students at a Diverse University (pdf). Addresses the following topics: What is Mentoring?; Why is Mentoring Important?; Why is Mentoring Hard to Find?; The Importance of a Mentoring Team; Considerations for Forming a Mentoring Team; How to Initiate Contact with a Potential Mentor; How to Increase Your Chances of Finding Good Mentoring; How to Be a Good Protégé; What to Do if Problems Arise; and Changing Advisors. Also includes a section on Mentorship Issues Within a Diverse Community.
    • University Mentorship Program. This program is for any first-year student.  Peer mentors spend about 10 – 12 hours a month with their mentee helping them with any questions or transition issues they have.  They can be paired with a faculty/staff mentor or a peer mentor and are matched based on applications.  There are monthly newsletters, activities, and events planned for all participants. 
  • University of Wisconsin - Center for Biology Education - Finding a MentorIncludes information about, for example: finding out about potential mentors, reading about a potential mentor's area of research, approaching a potential mentor, following up on your initial contact with the mentor, meeting with a potential mentor.

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