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SEEDS Mentoring

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring occurs when a person who has been successful in an environment or context shares their knowledge with you to help you negotiate a similar experience. The purpose of the SEEDS Mentoring program is:

  • Provide you with positive engineering role models
  • Facilitate personal, career, and professional development
  • Encourage you to continue your study in engineering
  • Ease your transition from high school to college

Through relationships with role models, gain the confidence and perspective necessary to be productive members of a global and multicultural workforce.

Benefits of Having a Mentor

  • Role models for a lifetime
  • Access to a new community
  • Broader networks through your mentor
  • Encouragement and support
  • Inside knowledge of "dos" and "dont's"

Mentoring Teams for First Term Engineering Students

This program is available to women in engineering and transfer students! First year and transfer students will be grouped seperately address the different set of needs in each group.

Your mentor will assist you throughout the fall semester. You and your team will meet regularly to help you be aware of all of the opportunities that exist in engineering at UMD. Your mentor is someone you can go to for assistance and to explore options and ideas.

All first year and new external transfer students will be assigned a mentor. Additional information on this program is provided during the student’s orientation program.

Apply to Become a Peer Mentor

Mentors serve as a resource for mentees, providing them with information to help them acclimate to the University of Maryland.  Mentors serve as a sounding board for the various issues that confront new students - such as what classes to take, how to interact with an advisor, joining professional societies and other concerns.  The new students need someone they can talk to who understands the pressures they face as engineering students who also happen to be under-represented.  Mentees have said that it is just nice to know that someone was there that they could go to.

Applications for Fall 2018 are now available: PEER MENTOR APPLICATION


Apply to Become a Mentor Coordinator

Mentor Coordinators are in charge of coordinating a group of SEEDS peer mentors.  This includes meeting with Peer Mentors once every two weeks, ensure mentors turn in forms and are meeting with mentees and helping with event planning and execution. You must have previously served as a Peer Mentor in order to qualify for the Mentor Coordinator position.

Applications for Fall 2018 are now available: COORDINATOR APPLICATION