About Science Mentors

List of Science Mentors

Science mentors are senior students who volunteer their time to organise activities for other science students, and to help new students transition to university life. If you are new to UQ science this year, come along to our induction day welcome to meet your mentors. They can help you with tips to settle into uni life. In subsequent years, you might considering applying to becomee a science mentor yourself!
  • Would you like to be involved in planning and organising activities for science students? 
  • Are you willing to 'meet and greet' new students and help them get started at UQ? 
  • Would you like to be more engaged with both your fellow science students and faculty staff?
  • Are you at least 6 months into your undergraduate program at UQ?

If so,  you may be interested in applying for a position as a Science Mentor.

Background

Developing stronger interactions with our undergraduate students has long been recognised as an important goal within the Faculty of Science. The Science Mentoring Program is designed to allow for better engagement with incoming first year students and to provide academic and social activities for all undergraduate science students. The Faculty is seeking a small group of dedicated students from a broad range of Science disciplines who are at least 6 months into their Science program and have established peer networks.

Why would I want to be a Science Mentor?  

  • Participation in the UQ Advantage Award
    The Science Mentor Program is an accredited activity of the  UQ Advantage Award.
  • Professional development opportunities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Participate in a leadership training program designed to enhance your mentoring skills
  • Enhancing your Curriculum vitae
    Increasingly, employers see volunteerism as evidence of an individual's initiative, social responsibility and skill development.
  •  Helping new students transition to university
    When you started at university, do you remember feeling overwhelmed? Many students need a helping hand, and as a Science Mentor, you are well placed to answer questions and provide that extra bit of assistance. 
  • Engaging with the Faculty
    Faculty staff are happy to share their skills and expertise in event planning  and promotion. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate leadership and interpersonal skills as well as to learn new skills and become known to faculty staff, which may in turn lead to casual paid employment within the faculty.

What Activities would I be involved in?

Science Mentors will be invited to be involved in the following activities:

  • Essential: Attendance at Faculty of Science Induction Days which are held pre and during O'week of Semester 1. It is important that mentors be available for at least two of the Induction Days held in February. 
  • Organising and participating in social events in the SLC in weeks 1-3 during Semester 1.
  • Answering student queries on ASPinS, BAdvSc  and course Facebook pages.
  • Disseminating information to the wider student body through word of mouth, course Facebook pages and other means such as college noticeboards.
  • Working with the Faculty Engagement Team to develop and promote other activities throughout the year. We welcome suggestions from Science Mentors about activities or events that would be suitable for all science students. 

What would my commitment be? 

In order for the program to be sustainable, it is important for Science Mentors to commit to a minimum contribution of approximately 20 hours per semester, a total of 40 hours for the year. 

What are the expectations required of Science Mentors?

Science Mentors are expected to:

  • be positive role models.
  • orientate new students to university and make them aware of the services and programs available to them.
  • enthusiastically promote and participate in organised activities throughout the year.
  • help create a friendly, comfortable and social environment. 

What qualities do I need to be a Science Mentor?

The qualities we are looking for in Science Mentors include an ability to relate to others, a friendly disposition, a desire to help, good communication skills, demonstration of initiative, the ability to work as part of a team and above all, a passion for science.

How do I apply to be a Science Mentor?

Applications for 2017 are now closed. Applications for 2018 will open in January next year.