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CBS Mentor Program

The College of Biological Sciences Mentor Program matches current CBS students with alumni and other industry professionals who provide valuable academic and career information, insights and strategies.

Christine Loo and Danielle Berglund
Second-year neuroscience student Christine Loo with Clinical Research Coordinator Danielle Berglund (GCD, 2010)

The CBS Mentor Program begins in November and runs through April every school year. Students learn to build professional networks, polish communication skills, explore new areas of interest and how to transition to graduate/professional school or the workplace. 

The mentor program orientation and kickoff event took place on Thursday, November 10, 2016 in the A.I. Johnson Great Room, McNamara Alumni Center. Event photos can be found below.

This year, mentorship is easier and more effective than ever, thanks to the new University of Minnesota Mentoring Guide App. This free App, available on mobile and desktop, provides helpful tips and articles, campus resources and more!

FOR CBS STUDENTS

As a mentee, your role is to set the groundwork for a lasting professional network as you gain access to an insider's perspective on navigating your academic/career path. This program matches you with an industry professional in your area of interest.

  • You will take the lead in the relationship by identifying your goals for academic/career exploration
  • Your mentor will provide academic/career guidance and help you with strategic goals

Enrollment in the CBS Mentor Program for 2016-17 is now closed. For more information, please contact John Curry, Alumni and Advancement Officer, 612-624-4770, jcurry@umn.edu.

FOR CBS ALUMNI + FRIENDS

As a mentor, your role is to help your student get the most out of his/her college experience and to help them transition to graduate/professional school or the workplace. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Contacting your student at least once per month (face-to-face, telephone, email)
  • Attending the orientation in the fall and closing reception in the spring
  • Determining how your expertise can help your student in meeting his/her academic or career goals
  • Making time available for your student.

Enrollment in the CBS Mentor Program is open throughout the school year. Dozens of would-be mentees have been waitlisted and would be open to being matched with a mentor even though the school year is well underway. For more information, please contact John Curry, Alumni and Advancement Officer, 612-624-4770, jcurry@umn.edu.


2016-17 Mentor Program Kick-Off Event