Mentor programs

CSE Mentor Program

The College of Science and Engineering Mentor Program matches current sophomores, juniors, and seniors with local industry professionals who provide valuable career information, insights, and strategies. The CSE Mentor Program is one of the largest mentor programs at the University of Minnesota.

Learn about the CSE Mentor Program.

North Star STEM Alliance Peer Mentor Program

The North Star STEM Alliance Peer Mentor Program works to increase the academic success and engagement of underrepresented students in STEM disciplines. North Star Peer Mentors are student leaders who provide support through mentoring, tutoring, study groups, and workshops.

Learn about the North Star STEM Alliance Peer Mentor Program.

CSE Ambassadors Peer Mentor Program

The College of Science and Engineering Ambassadors Peer Mentor Program connects first-year CSE students with upper-division students to help in the transition from high school to college.

Peer mentors give advice on topics such as choosing classes, joining student groups, and getting to know campus. First-year CSE students receive information about the program, including how to sign up, during summer orientation.

Learn about the CSE Ambassadors Peer Mentor Program.

Society of Women Engineers Big Sis/Little Sis Mentorship Program

The University of Minnesota student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) pairs freshmen/sophomore students with junior/senior students with similar majors in its Big Sis/Little Sis mentorship program.

Each semester, participants attend a "Get to Know Your Sis" event. After that, the Big Sis/Little Sis pairs meet regularly throughout the semester.

Learn about the SWE Big Sis/Little Sis Mentorship Program.

WISE Undergraduate-Graduate Mentor Program

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Initiative pairs undergraduate and graduate students based on academic and personal interests. This allows undergraduates to learn about graduate school and provides all students an opportunity to share their experiences. All undergraduate women in the college will receive an email invitation to participate.

If you have questions, please contact the WISE Initiative.

WISE-Medtronic Mentor Program

The WISE House is a Living Learning Community open to female first-year students interested in any area of science or engineering, and all residents in the WISE House participate in the WISE-Medtronic Mentor Program. Students are paired with professional engineers at Medtronic for this one-to-one mentorship program that runs throughout the academic year.

oSTEM Mentorship Program

Join the oSTEM Mentorship Program to be paired with an LGBTQ+ mentor/mentee. The program is open to current University of Minnesota undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, professors, faculty, and professionals. Mentors can share advice on anything from dealing with microaggressions, applying for an internship/job, or ways to navigate the collegiate/professional experience as an LGBTQ+ individual.Each semester there will be a kickoff meeting where mentorship pairs will get to know each other and discuss what they want from the experience. There will also be several events held throughout each semester with fun activities designed to facilitate discussion between pairs.
Sign-up for the oSTEM Mentorship Program. If you have questions about the oSTEM Mentorship Program, please send an email to