First-Year Mentoring Program


The First-Year Mentoring Program 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.

Mentor volunteers are solicited annually from the three most recent cohorts. 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.


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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