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.


Sam Tinsley, First-Year Mentoring Chair: Sam is a second-year PULSe student in the Molecular Signaling and Cancer Biology training group working in Dr. Chang-Deng Hu's lab in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms behind therapy-induced neuroendocrine differentiation in advanced prostate cancer. As the First-Year Mentoring Chair, she hopes to foster meaningful connections for incoming students that could lead to valuable connections in their future careers by planning events and guiding discussions between the mentor-mentee pairs.

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