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Undergraduate Mentees and Mentors Program

The Mentees & Mentors (M&M) Program

Purdue's Women in Engineering Program invites you to participate in our M&M program. M&M is a unique opportunity to be a part of  peer mentoring relationships that start here on campus and often extend beyond the college experience. Whether you consider yourself a mentee, a mentor, or both, mentoring relationships are key for sharing and receiving helpful advice about engineering, college life, and successful preparation for the future.

As a member of M&M, you will also have the privilege to network with practicing engineers, engineering alumni, and engineering faculty members. Keep in mind that while your primary goal in college is education, it is 'added-value' activities, such as mentoring, that make the college years count among the most special and significant in your life. You will learn from these mentoring encounters as much as you gain in the classroom, including leadership skills to help you get the internship or job you desire after college. Also, employers expect students to get involved outside of their academics. 

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 Mentor & Mentee 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.

Applying to the M&M Program

The deadline to apply for the 2019-20 program was Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Applications are no longer being accepted as the program has reached capacity.

M&M Programs from which to choose; Pair and Group: 

"Pair" mentoring matches 1st year students (Mentees) one-on-one with sophomore, junior, or senior engineering students (Mentors) based on major. This program focuses on the mentoring relationship and pairs meet at Monthly Meetings and Social activities organized by the M&M program; additionally, each pair commits to doing something together at least once per week. The "Pair" mentoring program meets monthly on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:45 p.m. with dinner provided. Monthly Meetings feature speakers on topics pertinent to your personal and professional growth as an engineering student. Participants in the Pair program are required to attend all Monthly Meetings (4-per-semester) and at least one Social event and one Access Alum per semester AND to meet regularly with your mentor/mentee.

"Group" mentoring participants mingle at Monthly Meetings which rotate between hosting guest speakers and fun group activities organized by the M&M program. These gatherings will help you to get to know several other women in engineering, to learn about strategies for reaching personal/professional goals, as well as to receive personal support and affirmation of your skills and values by other. The Group Program provides network-mentoring relationships where distinctions between mentors and mentees are not made (i.e., we all learn from one another) and flexible attendance requirements can accommodate students who are involved in several activities. In this Group mentoring structure, you will have the opportunity to hear advice from a diverse group of women.  The Group Mentoring program meets monthly on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:45 p.m. with dinner provided. Participants in the Group Program are required to attend at least two Monthly Meetings per semester (4 offered each semester) and at least one Social event and one Access Alum per semester. 

Learn about the Small Group Option within the Group Program that you may find beneficial. This option is for Group Program participants only and has another set of commitments. There will be a call-out early in the fall semester for those interested in this great opportunity.

Quotes from Participants:

  • "M&M provides information I need and knowledge I can apply directly to my future."
  • "The Group mentoring program helped me to realize that I am not alone. There are so many other women in the same boat as me, and we can all get through this with the right support. I really enjoyed listening to the upperclassman talk about their classes, because that helped me to realize what I have to look forward to in future years!"
  • "I like most being able to meet other women in my major, which traditionally has an extremely small number of women."
  • "It has been really nice to hear from women who have gone through what I'm going through and to hear how they have succeeded. I also really liked being able to help freshmen who are just starting out in engineering and helping them with some of the things that I went through as well." 


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