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First-Year Mentoring Program


The First-Year Mentoring Program (eMentoring) is designed to provide assistance to incoming PULSe students. The chair is responsible for outreach to the incoming students during the summer before the school year start.  The chair also acts as a liaison to the eMentoring Program to ensure PULSe student's needs are being met.

During orientation week, first year students take a personality quiz (modified Briggs-Myers test) to match these students with more experienced graduate students who have also taken the matching test. This is a fun way 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 from the three most recent cohorts. Once a match is made, the pair is provided meal cards that allow them to enjoy a meal together (100% covered by the program) to talk about graduate school. Mentors/mentees are provided access to various talking points throughout the semester that cover topics from funding to mental health and various opportunities and support offered by Purdue University. Once a month the eMentoring Program enjoys a catered dinner together as a time to expand their networks of peers as well as network with professors and administrators from Purdue who also attend dinner.

A secondary match is made in the middle of the first semester. At this time, two pairs of mentors/mentees will be matched together according to research interests. This is a great way to expand their professional network and have additional guidance through their education program. The program formally wraps up before Thanksgiving break to allow students to focus on finals. However, mentor/mentees usually have a long lasting relationship beyond the formal program and many continue to talk/meet on their own.

Additional information about the eMentoring Program can be found at:


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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