Engineering Mentor Network

The College of Engineering is committed to providing mentoring opportunities for all interested students. Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced person supports the intentional growth and development of another. For the mentee, mentoring can help develop new skills and strategies, build a network, and set and achieve goals. For the mentor, mentoring can provide leadership and communication skills, a sense of community, and the satisfaction of helping others. The College of Engineering provides several mentorship programs. Explore below to find the best fit for you!

Mentor Programs

The Engineering Mentor Corps (EMC), launched in Fall 2020, is a new initiative in the College of Engineering intended to help new students transition to college. Peer mentors are juniors and seniors who help introduce new students to campus resources that have proven helpful to them. EMC mentors will also reach out for a “mental wellness check-in.” Peer mentors receive training by Mental Health America – Wabash Valley Region and are invited to professional development events featuring alumni and industry partners.

EMC Mentors also make referrals to advisors and connect mentees with student organizations and other campus resources.

During training, mentors are provided with these guidelines:

  • Mentors use their own experiences as Purdue engineers to help new students adjust.
  • Mentors are not: academic advisors, mental health professionals, free tutors, best friends, or decision makers.
  • Be who you are with the hope that you will help somebody!

Through a collaborative effort between Mental Health America-Wabash Valley Region (MHA-WVR) and the College of Engineering, we are  increasing awareness of mental health resources available to students through MHA-WVR. Through this partnership, we are creating more personalized mental health and wellness resources that better fit student needs.

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Brittany Cruz

Brittany Cruz
blcruz@purdue.edu

Twila Ortiz

Twila Ortiz
tmortiz@purdue.edu

Stephen Stewart
stewarsr@purdue.edu

 

The Mentees & Mentors Program, or M&M, is designed to help students build a network with female engineering students while learning timely personal and professional success strategies for the classroom and on the job. Mentoring relationships are key for sharing and receiving helpful advice about engineering, college life, and successful preparation for the future.  M&M program participants engage in the following activities:

1) Monthly meetings, which are more formal gatherings that include network building, mentoring activities, and a guest speaker (usually an alumnae!) to learn strategies for personal or professional success; and

2) M&M socials - fun gatherings with other participants in the program to build networks.

Undergraduate Peer Mentoring in WIEP

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Dr. Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer

Dr. Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer
zurnbirk@purdue.edu

 

The Engineering Undergraduate Research Office (EURO) facilitates experiential learning opportunities for Purdue undergraduates to start their research careers.  A faculty mentor supervises the student research projects and in most cases, a graduate mentor is also involved in day-to-day interaction with the student.  These projects are often part of the academic year “research-for-credit” model and during the summer through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), which provides a stipend to undergraduates for an immersive 10-week research experience.  Each spring, EURO offers a short graduate mentoring workshop to prepare graduate students to work with their undergraduate mentees.  EURO also provides regular professional development programming to help undergraduate researchers take the best advantage of their research opportunities.

EURO Faculty Mentoring for Undergraduate Research

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Darshini Render

Darshini Render
render@purdue.edu

 

For more information on how to apply, please reach out to ENGRMentorNetwork@purdue.edu