Peer Mentoring

Mentors and mentees at Workshop 2

Peer Mentoring

We want you in the WISE Mentoring Program!

"WISE, as a program dedicated to furthering the position of women, has played an undeniable role in my personal and academic success, to date. The program guided me to many opportunities and people who have played a key role in my development as a student and scientist."

- UI graduate, former WISE mentor

What is does it take to be a WISE mentor or mentee?

Please read the Mentoring Overview to learn about the program details, including who is involved and what expectations we have for mentors and mentees.

Mentees All first-year women intending to major in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field can be a mentee.

Mentors We only accept undergraduate students in STEM to serve as mentors. To provide the best resources to our mentees, we focus on recruiting third-year students and above for mentoring positions. However, because of the high demand for mentors, each year we rely on a few second-year students (typically former mentees) to step in as mentors.

How do I apply?

Mentees Registration begins in February. After you accept admittance to the University with an intended major in STEM, you will receive a letter in the mail with registration and confirmation forms. You may also contact us for these forms, or complete it electronically here. Particularly past April 30 when our mailings stop. Registration and confirmation fees apply for mentees, which defray the cost of programming, a WISE t-shirt, and administrative tasks associated with registration.

Mentors Registration begins in February; however, mentors are typically needed throughout the year due to a high number of mentees. Each year WISE contacts all current mentors, former mentees, and participants of other WISE programs to recruit mentors. We also request nominations from faculty and advisors across campus. To request an application to become a mentor, please contact us. There is no cost associated with being a mentor, as you are considered volunteers - and we really appreciate it!

NOTE: Matching mentors and mentees is done on a first-come, first-served basis; to ensure you are matched, please get your information to us sooner than later! Matching begins in early June and continues until all possible matches are made.

What happens after I apply?

Mentees Once we receive both your registration and confirmation forms and fees, we will match you with a mentor (first-come, first-served basis). In early- to mid-July you will be sent your mentor's information and can begin communications. Our first big event of the year is the second week of classes - it is a welcome party that is required for all participants. That's where you'll meet your mentor!

Mentors WISE will contact you to schedule a brief 'interview' if you will be a new mentor. In May we will request a confirmation from all mentors to ensure you are still interested and available to participate. Once we receive your confirmation, we will begin the matching process (first-come, first-served basis). In early- to mid-July you will be sent your mentee's information to begin communications. There is a short, required training for all mentors during the first week of class, followed by the required welcome party for all participants during the second week of class.


Confirmation survey can be accessed electronically here.
Although our priority deadline is noted as June 1st, there is still room in the Mentoring Program.
Do not hesitate to apply!

Please contact us via email or phone (319-335-3530) for more information.


"I have great relationships with members of my group. I like that we have this support network." - mentor

"A great way to meet someone who knows what's going on in your major and can give you advice!" - mentee


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