Mentorship Program Overview

We will be starting up the IOP/IOGS Peer Mentorship Program for the 2022/2023 academic year in October! Our overarching goal is to strengthen connections between IOP/IOGS graduate students and provide support for students in the early years of their degree. Senior graduate students who sign up will provide guidance and advice to the first and/or second year students they are matched with. For more details on the structure and requirements of the mentorship program, click here.

 

If you are interested in joining, you can fill out our intake form here. We will be accepting registration to the peer mentorship program until September 30th. Following that, we will allow intake for new students coming in January.

A Wellness Orientation session for mentors was run by Dr. Karen Ross (UBC) and Russell Thomson (SFU) in 2020 which outlines some helpful strategies for well-being during graduate studies, supporting peers and recognizing when they may be in distress, and provides some links to resources at UBC and SFU that you can refer peers to. It is recommended that mentors review these slides for a quick orientation to supporting their peers well-being. For more resources available, you can check out the Grad and Post-Doc Student Wellbeing page on the IOP website.

If you are looking for additional mentorship opportunities in a less program-specific setting, the UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Education Office runs a multidisiciplinary mentorship program to connect students from different programs and disciplines. Click here to find out more.

Please reach out to us at iopiogsmentorshipprogram@gmail.com if you have any questions.