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First-Year Mentoring Program


The First-Year Mentoring Program is designed to provide assistance to incoming PULSe students. The chair is responsible for matching these students with more experienced graduate students to ensure that each new student has a personal student contact who is available to answer questions and to provide help as the new students adjust to graduate school.

Mentor volunteers are solicited annually in May/June from the three most recent cohorts. Matches are made according to students’ countries of originality, undergraduate institutions attended and Training Group interests. Once the matches are completed, the chair informs the mentors of their responsibilities and provide them with their mentee's name and contact information. The chair also notifies the incoming students that a mentor has been assigned.


The First-Year Mentoring Program continues to be a valuable resource for new students. Friendships are built. Several second-year students volunteer to serve as a mentor to return the favor.


Katherine Wehde, First-Year Mentoring Chair: Katherine is a third year PULSe student in the Chemical Biology training group and a member of Dr. Hilkka Kenttämaa's lab in the Chemistry Department. Her research is on two main projects, one focuses on the composition and related function of compounds in aviation fuels and another involves creating an efficient oil recovery mechanism to remove and obtain oil bonded to rock. Outside of lab, Katherine enjoys traveling, dancing, and cooking. As First Year Mentor Chair and Coordinator for SiS, she plans to use these positions to promote professional development and educational outreach opportunities for all individuals in PULSe. Feel free to contact her with any questions you have about PULSe, Science in School (SiS), or her research.

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