Mentor tips
The partnership between a mentor and a protégé is built upon trust, respect and professionalism. Here are some tips to help you establish a successful and rewarding mentoring relationship. If you would like to share your insights on mentoring or provide feedback about the program, please e-mail us.


Successful mentoring involves initiative on the part of both the mentor and the student. Some of the things to keep in mind when building a mentor/student relationship are:

Maintain regular contact
» Be approachable and accessible by e-mail and/or telephone
» Participate in activities related to common interests
» Find ways to exchange information if you are not local
» Be clear about your expectations and boundaries


Activites between mentors and mentees can be as simple as meeting for coffee or exchanging e-mail. However, the more involved you are with your mentor or mentee has a direct correlation to the success of your relationship. Here are some possible activities:

Attend an on-campus event together
» Offer to do an informational interview for your student
» Review your student's resume
» Schedule a visit to the mentor's workplace
» Ask your student to view his research or attend a student group event