Undergraduates in brain and cognitive sciences and neuroscience may now have an easier time navigating their demanding majors, thanks to a new mentorship program. Created by the BCS & Neuroscience Undergraduate Council, the service pairs upperclassmen with younger students to help bridge the gap between the two groups and create a sense of community in the degree.
The program’s first meeting, held on Sept. 22, matched more than 70 students with mentors.
The program also provides a personal source of advice for younger students on department courses, study abroad planning, undergraduate research, applying to graduate school, and more. Students are also encouraged to build a strong relationship with their mentor, contacting them at any point during the school year for advice.
Council President Mariah Meyer says that council members were inspired to create the program from their own challenges as undergraduates. “As an underclassman, navigating coursework, study abroad, and eventual graduate school planning can be intimidating. Similarly, many students wonder how to get involved in undergraduate research,” explains Meyer.“The mentoring program not only helps underclassmen, but it also gives upperclassmen the opportunity to impart the wisdom that they wish they had known.”
Building off the success of this event, the BCS & Neuroscience Undergraduate Council plans to host a mentorship program every semester. Students interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to visit the Council’s homepage at http://uofrbrain.tk/, or email Meyer directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.