Mentees & Mentors

Sign up for the 2022-2023 M&M Program here! Form open from April 1 to August 6.
Tell me more about M&M

We all need advice from time to time. The Mentees & Mentors Program, or M&M as we like to call it, gets undergrad women engineers together as a big group once a month for fun, conversation, networking, and advice! M&M is designed for you to build a network with other female engineering students while learning timely personal and professional strategies to help you be successful in the classroom and on the job. Mentoring relationships are key for sharing and receiving helpful advice about engineering, college life, and successful preparation for the future. 

Individuals of all races, genders, and backgrounds are welcome.

Mission of the M&M Program
Mission of the M&M Program

Our mission is to retain female undergraduate students in engineering through a dynamic and nurturing mentoring program (Mentees & Mentors or M&M). We support, affirm, and strategically educate the program's participants and student leaders. We offer meetings and activities designed to sustain and strengthen mutual mentoring relationships as well as benefit the individuals. The objectives for the Mentees & Mentors Program are to: 

  • enhance personal support of students through contacts with female role models (including peers, alumni, and industry partners) and an interactive, mutually-beneficial peer mentoring program.
  • build confidence in students through affirmation of their skills and values.
  • share effective strategies that enable students to thrive in college, leading to successful completion of their engineering education and preparing them for future endeavors.

The services and resources we provide add a unique and vital dimension for women engineering students at Purdue.

Learn more about M&M

The M&M program is based on a network-mentoring model where all participants learn from one another. You will act as either a mentor or a mentee depending on your experiences with the conversation topic. All participants attend our large M&M Monthly Meetings where we have dinner together, enjoy a guest speaker, engage in fun activities, and gain professional skills and strategies for success. These meetings are held once a month on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday so you can pick the day that works best for your schedule. They run from 6:00PM - 7:45PM.

Optional one-on-one mentoring opportunities can enhance your experience and help guide you on a path for success. Whether you are a mentee looking for advice and direction or a mentor practicing and honing your skills, we have programs for everyone.

One-On-One Mentoring - FYE and sophomore participants will have the opportunity to be paired with an upperclass female engineering student in their major for personalized mentoring
Study Groups - M&M participants can join course study groups. This is a great way to work with a small, tight-knit group of fellow female engineers to develop a stronger understanding of the class material.
To help participants build their engineering community, monthly Social events are also held. Join us for bowling, board game night, movies, trivia, arts & crafts, and more fun events!

The program has been intentionally designed to offer the greatest opportunity for participant growth and success. Benefits include community building, networking, and mentoring, as well as personal and professional development.

To gain these benefits, participants must be actively engaged in the M&M program. Semester requirements include attending 2 Monthly Meetings, 1 M&M Social and 1 Access Alum event.

Please contact wiepmm@purdue.edu with questions.
Meet the M&M Leadership Team
Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer | Associate Director
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Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer | Associate Director
Dr. Zurn-Birkhimer is the Associate Director of WIEP and oversees the mentoring programs. Here is her bio.

Why M&M is great
"The M&M program allows for students to develop their own tight-knit community with their engineering peers while gaining crucial professional and personal tools they cannot develop in the classroom. We are fortunate to be able to bring in amazing alumnae to engage with the students by sharing their wisdom and experience. The participants leave our meetings confident, inspired, and excited to succeed on their path to becoming engineers!"
Cathy Deno | Administrative Assistant
Cathy Deno
Cathy Deno | Administrative Assistant
Cathy is one of WIEP's Administrative Assistants. She works with the mentoring program teams and the WE Link recruitment team. Here is her bio.  

Why M&M is great
"I've worked with the M&M program since its creation in 1992. I love how the program has grown and developed each and every year in order to continue to meet the needs of our women students. The WIEP staff and student leaders work hard to develop valuable programming with engaging activities and speakers that will equip our women students while at Purdue and as they enter the workforce."
Caroline Curtis | Sophomore | Mechanical Engineering
Caroline Curtis
Caroline Curtis | Sophomore | Mechanical Engineering
Caroline is from South Florida and came to Purdue to study Mechanical Engineering. Outside of M&M Caroline is involved in Purdue Space Program, Purdue FIRST Robotics, and the PHI Sigma Rho sorority. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym, staying active, and catching up with friends.

Why M&M is great
"M&M is great because it allows people who feel lost in their journey in becoming an engineer to find people who can help gain the confidence and connections they need to feel successful. It also encourages a strong bond between young women in engineering, and truly exemplifies women supporting women."
Zora Emmert | Sophomore | Multidisciplinary Engineering
Zora Emmert
Zora Emmert | Sophomore | Multidisciplinary Engineering
Outside of WIEP M&M, Zora volunteers for WE Link, where she aims to increase the number of women who choose to study engineering. Zora is also involved in the GEARE program and plans to study abroad in Germany and earn a minor in both Global Engineering Studies and German. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, learning banjo, and scrapbooking.

Why M&M is great
"M&M is a great opportunity to meet women in engineering in a supportive, encouraging environment outside of the classroom. As a participant in M&M, I have enjoyed developing my professional skills, and I have loved learning from distinguished women in different engineering fields."
Samantha Farmer | Sophomore | Industrial Engineering
Sam Farmer
Samantha Farmer | Sophomore | Industrial Engineering
Sam is from Chicago, Illinois and is studying Industrial Engineering. She is in the Honors College and is a Team Leader for Boiler Gold Rush. In her free time, Sam enjoys playing basketball, cooking, and spending time at the beach.

Why M&M is great
"Participating in M&M as a freshman reaffirmed my decision to pursue an engineering degree and increased my feeling of belongingness at Purdue. M&M is a great way to meet upperclassmen and alumni who are happy to answer questions and offer advice."
Saralynn George | Senior | Electrical and Computer Engineering
Saralynn George | Senior | Electrical and Computer Engineering
Outside of M&M, Saralynn is involved with her sorority Alpha Chi Omega, a member of A Kid Again at Purdue, and volunteers at the YWCA here in Lafayette. Last summer, Saralynn spent her time tutoring high school students in math and science. In her free time, Saralynn loves running, eating ice cream, spending time with friends, traveling, or catching up with her favorite shows on Netflix.

Why M&M is great
"M&M is a fantastic program because of the incredible knowledge and experience it gives to young female engineers. The program has given me the opportunity to develop my professional skills as well as foster a community of support and confidence in young female engineers."
Lexi Gies | Junior | Biomedical Engineering
Lexi Gies | Junior | Biomedical Engineering
Outside of being on the leadership team for M&M, Lexi is involved with Alpha Omega ministries, EPICS, and PSEF, which is Purdue's student organization for informing prospective freshman engineers. This summer Lexi is a part of Purdue's SURF research program and is working on a study focused on assessing hospital staff efficacy. Some of her favorite hobbies include baking, kayaking, cooking, and playing soccer. 

Why M&M is great
"I enjoy being in M&M because it is a wonderful supportive group that encourages every member to do their best and connect with others that share similar interests. I also love that the students and alumni involved are eager to share their personal and professional experiences to guide those who are facing similar situations currently."
Natalie Harvey | Junior | Mechanical Engineering
Natalie Harvey | Junior | Mechanical Engineering
Natalie is from St. Louis, Missouri studying Mechanical Engineering. Aside from the M&M LT program, she is in the Honors College and is involved in Club Tennis. She was a manufacturing engineering intern at Dana Inc. the summer after her freshman year. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, spending time with friends, and playing video games.

Why M&M is great
"I feel that the M&M program is a fantastic way for women to connect with other female engineering students and create great friendships to last a lifetime. It provides freshmen the opportunity to learn from upperclassmen, making their transition in to college much smoother, and upperclassmen have the opportunity to share their experiences with the next group of female engineers."
Bella Henley | Senior | Industrial Engineering
Bella Henley | Senior | Industrial Engineering
Outside of M&M, Bella is involved in Alpha Gamma Delta sorority as the Vice President of Chapter Wellness. During her freshman year, she was involved in Engineering Projects in Community Service where she assisted a tribe in Brazil. In her free time, Bella enjoys volunteering at Natalie's Second Change Dog Shelter, hiking, and reading.

Why M&M is great
"I love the Mentees & Mentors Program because of how empowering it is to hear from current women in engineering and their journeys so far in life. Their stories are truly inspiring and always leave me feeling hopeful for the future."
CJ Kulprathipanja | Senior | Biomedical Engineering
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CJ Kulprathipanja | Senior | Biomedical Engineering
Besides Mentees & Mentors, Chalisa is involved in Phi Sigma Rho Sorority and research. In the summer after her sophomore year, Chalisa participated in research activities on campus through the SURF program at Purdue. In her free time, she enjoys baking, yoga, and playing video games.

Why M&M is great
" As a freshman, I really enjoyed M&M because I was able to easily make friends with other girls in engineering that I did not see in my classes and I also learned new strategies to help me reach my personal and professional goals."
Kaniese Mack | Junior | Biomedical Engineering
Kaniese Mack | Junior | Biomedical Engineering
Kaniese is on the WIEP Mentees & Mentors Leadership Team. Outside of WIEP, she has been involved in Engineering Projects in Community Service to design interactive tactile walls for a local child development center. She is planning to pursue a minor in Global Engineering through the GEARE program and study abroad in the future. In her free time, Kaniese enjoys watercolor painting, learning new things, and improving at rollerblading. 

Why M&M is great
"I admire the WIEP M&M Program for encouraging young female engineers to grow their network, gain confidence in themselves, and expand their skills. I am eager to continue growing as a leader and form new connections with others in this program."
Rebecca Mold | Junior | Ag & Bio Engineering
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Rebecca Mold | Junior | Ag & Bio Engineering
Rebecca is on the Leadership Team for the WIEP M&M program. She is from Twinsburg, Ohio, and in addition to her honors engineering major, she is pursuing a minor in Music History and Theory. Outside of M&M, she is involved with her sorority Phi Sigma Rho, the Purdue Symphony Orchestra, and Stempower, an organization dedicated to introducing girls to STEM. She has been a member of the Goss Scholars Leadership Council, and she will also be a Boiler Gold Rush Team Leader for Fall 2021. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys running, baking, and listening to music. 

Why M&M is great
"The WIEP M&M program allows participants to form important relationships with their fellow female engineers, allowing both mentors and mentees to learn from each other. These connections along with resources and programming provided by WIEP, help set up engineering students for success."
Shreya Sinha | Sophomore | Biomedical Engineering
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Shreya Sinha | Sophomore | Biomedical Engineering 
Shreya is a Biomedical Engineering major on the pre-med track. She has been involved in the Women in Engineering Program in the past through the learning community and small group mentoring. In her free time, Shreya enjoys reading, spending time with friends, listening to music and playing the violin.

Why M&M is great
"The Mentees and Mentors program is a great way for female engineers to connect with others in the same field and to learn from those with more experience, while developing their professional skills and growing in the engineering field."
Lavanya Swaminathan | Sophomore | Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
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Lavanya Swaminathan | Sophomore | Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 
Lavanya is an international student from Singapore. Besides AAE, she is also planning to minor in Materials Engineering. Outside of the M&M program, Lavanya is involved in WE Link and in her free time, she loves playing tennis, reading and watching Netflix.

Why M&M is great
"The M&M Program has helped me meet a lot of inspiring female engineers and has made me a more confident and outgoing person. It has been a valuable contribution to my engineering education and has opened me up to new learning opportunities that I might have never discovered alone."
Elyse Zurawski | Junior | Biomedical Engineering
Elyse Zurawski | Junior | Biomedical Engineering
Elyse is on the leadership team for the WIEP Mentees & Mentors Program. Along with M&M, Elyse is involved with Purdue FIRST Programs where she mentors FIRST Robotics students in the Lafayette and West Lafayette communities and organizes events involving teams throughout the country. In her free time, she enjoys visiting Purdue's CoRec, baking, and playing golf.

Why M&M is great
"M&M is an amazing opportunity because it provides easy access to a supportive community of women with similar interests. As a freshman in the program, the interactions with my peers and mentors in our monthly meetings build confidence in my choice to be a Purdue Engineer, and as a member of the leadership team I am excited to help others feel the same!"

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