Welcome to the professional and peer mentoring programs of the Physics Department. The goal is to provide individualized face-to-face professional and peer guidance to physics majors at all levels, from freshmen to senior. It is really important for an efficient development of a physicist to be maximally involved within the physics community, and to witness/taste first-hand the physics beyond the curriculum. It has been demonstrated by many research reports that individualized mentoring is an excellent tool to achieve this goal. It allows students to become aware of pre-doctoral research opportunities, state-of-the-art in a discipline, best practices to forge a successful career, and a long etcetera. We are developing these programs in close collaboration with our student societies: The Student Physics Society (SPS), the Graduate Society of Physics Students (GSPS), and the Physics Woman Society (PWS). Below we provide some short descriptions of each of the programs, and I encourage you to get involved with them in the role that you choose, from professional mentee to peer-mentor.
At the bottom of the page we include some links to training resources for physics mentors and mentees.
Joshua Colwell – Department Chair
PROFESSIONAL MENTORING PROGRAM
This program becomes mandatory to all physics majors starting in Spring 2017. In a few words, it consists in pairing physics major to a Physics faculty member for professional mentoring and guidance. To ensure that all physics majors take place in the mentoring program, we have designed a Webcourse (soon to become a formal zero-credit course), which we plan to dynamically improve according to your own feedback. This course is created on a semester basis and all declared physics majors are automatically enrolled in the program.
Completion of this course is simple. You need to:
- Enroll in a mentor group(first assignment*);
- Meet your mentor(second assignment*); and
- Complete a post-meeting survey(third assignment*).
*Check Webcourses for actual deadlines on each of the assignments on a given semester
Your future course enrollment will be put on hold until completion of the three assignments, just to make sure that all mentees meet their mentors.
PEER MENTORING PROGRAMS
The Professional Mentoring Program pairs each physics major to a Physics faculty member for professional mentoring and guidance. All declared physics majors are automatically enrolled in the program. If you don’t see it your WebCourses, contact the undergraduate secretary.