HHS Success Mentors Program

The HHS Mentor/Mentee Program is an intentionally structured formal mentoring program for undergraduate mentors and mentees. The four domains of undergraduate peer mentoring, according to research by Nora and Crisp (2007), are: academic support, psychological/emotional support, goal setting and career paths, and role modeling. Through integrating these four components, participants will gain knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to their academic, personal, and professional success.

Mentors are upper-class students from every academic unit in HHS who strive to help first-year HHS students have a great first-year experience in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Mentors help Mentees build connections with other students, faculty, and staff in HHS, provide academic support, give tips on how to get involved on campus and in the community, share their experiences and knowledge, introduce Mentees to Purdue traditions and experiences, and provide support and guidance to help Mentees be successful inside and outside of the classroom.

Program Structure

For the 2016-2017 year, approximately 150 first-year students will be selected to be Mentees, and approximately 75 sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be selected to be Mentors. Mentors and Mentees will be matched based on academic unit. Each Mentor is expected to have two Mentees.

Mentors will participate in Spring Mentor Training between March 7 and April 29, 2016.

During the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters, Mentors and Mentees will participate in:

  • Weekly Mentor/Mentee Activities every Wednesday 6-7pm
  • Biweekly One-on-One Mentoring – each Mentor/Mentee pair is responsible for their one-one-one mentoring relationship
  • Monthly Mentor Meetings (for Mentors only) on designated Wednesdays 7-8pm – provide updates, continued training, and small-group reflection and discussion for Mentors

Mentors and Mentees will be excused from events and meetings for class, exams, and emergencies only.

Current and rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors: Learn more and apply to be a mentor! 
Incoming first-year students: Learn more and apply to be a mentee!

Please contact Jessica Knerr, Student Program Specialist/Academic Advisor, at knerrj@purdue.edu if you would like additional information about the HHS Success Mentors Program.


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