EEB Peer Mentorship Program (EEB:PMP)

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for 2019-20!

EEB:PMP connects incoming second year students into the department by pairing them up with an upper-year undergraduate. 

Mentees are second-year students new to EEB programs. Mentors are upper-year undergraduate students and will: help the mentees integrate into the EEB community; share the fruits of their experience; and ensure students are aware of the opportunities and resources EEB and U of T have to offer.

Mentees will have an informal way of receiving important advice, guidance, and information as they navigate their degree path. Mentees and mentors can meet one-on-one or attend EEB-related workshops and events together. The program provides mentors with an opportunity to connect with fellow students, develop leadership skills, and contribute to their department in a meaningful way that is valued by faculty and students alike.

Duration

The duration of mentoring is from September to April, but can continue after the program has concluded.

Eligibility

Mentors and mentees must be enrolled in a program of study (POSt) offered by the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. EEB POSts include: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (Specialist, Major), Biodiversity & Conservation Biology (Major), Environmental Biology (Major, Minor), Biology (Specialist, Major, Minor). Mentors must be in their third, fourth or fifth year of study with good academic standing. Mentees must be in their second year of study.

Mentee & Mentor Responsibilities

If matched, mentees are required to complete the following in order for the program to be added to their Co-Curricular Record (CCR):
  • Meet with mentor at least four (4) times during the program duration (September to April). This can take the form of: (a) One-on-one meetings; or (b) Attending EEB-sponsored events with your mentor (info sessions, workshops, seminars, etc.)
  • Attend Orientation (TBD) and Finale event (TBD)
  • Fill out a brief online reflection form following a meeting with your mentor
  • Complete brief pre-program and end-of-program survey
If matched, mentors are required to complete the following in order for the program to be added to their CCR:
  • Meet with mentee at least four (4) times during the program duration (September to April). This can take the form of: (a) One-on-one meetings; or (b) Attending EEB-sponsored events with your mentor (info sessions, workshops, seminars, etc.)
  • Attend Orientation (TBD) and Finale event (TBD)
  • Fill out a brief online reflection form following a meeting with your mentee
  • Complete 3 mentor training modules: Mentoring 101, Creating an Inclusive Environment, and Mentoring Conversations. The training is provided by Student Life. Please register on the Peer Mentor Training website. These training modules must be completed by the end of the program (April).
  • Complete brief pre-program and end-of-program survey

Testimonials 

  • Check out this article on U of T News to hear about what students have to say about the program!
  • “My greatest area of learning in this program has been learning from my mentee. I went into the program thinking that the mentor would mostly be "helping" the mentee. However, I found the meetings were informative for both myself and the mentee. I would approach a future mentorship/relationship with this in mind.” – Mentor
  • "I learned that what is most useful in a mentor-mentee relationship is simply telling stories and sharing life experiences. This sharing of stories also helped build friendship and trust between me and my mentee.” – Mentor
  • “I learned that EEB is a very useful and flexible program that can be applied to a lot of different opportunities and life skills! While my mentor and I have very different ideas in mind of how we will use our EEB education, we were able to connect on so many points and it was cool to see how EEB can be so applicable to a wide variety of careers.” – Mentee
  • “I think the most important thing I learned with the program was to think strategically about my undergrad (i.e courses, work-study, volunteering) and how I want them to help me in the future. I've applied this learning for choosing what I want to pursue in the summer as well as research opportunities.” - Mentee 

To Apply

Please fill out the appropriate application form by September 16, 2019. Space is limited. First come, first served.


Please contact Amy Huynh, Undergraduate & Student Outreach Coordinator, at undergrad.eeb@utoronto.ca if you have any questions.