Science Mentors

Science Mentors are volunteer senior students who organise activities for fellow Science students and help first years transition to UQ life.

If you're new to UQ Science this year, you can meet our mentors at your Induction Day events during Orientation. Throughout the year, you can also attend academic and social activities they organise for undergraduates.

In later years, you can apply to be a mentor yourself.

Benefits of mentoring

The Science Mentor program offers you the chance to:

  • build your employability: employers see volunteerism as evidence of an applicant's initiative, social responsibility and skills development. The Science Mentor program is an accredited activity of the UQ Employability Award
  • add to your professional development and leadership skills
  • give something back: as a Science Mentor, you're well placed to provide reassurance to first years who might be feeling overwhelmed
  • learn from UQ Science's Engagement staff: we're happy to share skills and expertise in event planning and promotion. By learning about events and showing your leadership and interpersonal skills, you can build relationships with us, which could lead to casual paid employment.

Your commitment

You must commit to a minimum of about 20 hours each semester, totalling 40 hours for the year.

Activities include:

  • (essential) attend at least two UQ Faculty of Science Induction Days in February, which are held before and during Orientation in Semesters 1 and 2
  • organise and participate in social events in UQ St Lucia's SLC in weeks 1 to 4 of Semesters 1 and 2
  • answer queries posted to the first-year and course Facebook pages
  • share information with the wider student community through word of mouth, course Facebook pages and college noticeboards
  • work with the UQ Science Engagement team to organise and promote other activities throughout the year. We welcome suggestions for activities that would suit all science students.

What we're looking for

Expectations:

  • be a positive role model
  • orientate new students to UQ and make them aware of services and programs
  • enthusiastically promote and participate in organised activities throughout the year
  • help create a friendly, inclusive and social environment.

Desired qualities:

  • an ability to relate to others
  • a friendly disposition
  • a desire to help
  • good communication skills
  • demonstration of initiative
  • ability to work as part of a team and above all, a passion for science.

Join the Science Mentoring Network as a new student

New students are encouraged to join the Science Mentoring Network.

If you're a brand new Science student this is the network for you! Connect with mentors and fellow students in your area of study. Join one or more groups based on your discipline. Discover events and other opportunities for science students. Find friends for study, sports or just for coffee.

The Leadership and Mentoring Program in Science (LaMPS)

If you have an interest in leadership and a genuine desire to help others then we invite you to take part in the Faculty of Science Leadership and Mentoring Program. The Leadership and Mentoring Program in Science (LaMPS) is a signature experience where you will develop your leadership and mentoring capabilities whilst learning how to drive innovation and change.  This is an extra-curricular activity that will cover key leadership themes including emotional intelligence, leading yourself and others, mentorship, innovation and change. The program consists of three components: Completion of online modules and activities (10 hours), attendance at campus workshops and activities (2 hours), and a residential camp (3 days). Upon completion, you will receive a certificate recognised by the UQ Employability Award and be encouraged to apply to be Science Mentor. Apply for LaMPS 2019 online here.

Apply to be a Science Mentor

Applications for 2019 Mentors have now closed. Applications for students to become a Science Mentor and member of the Science Leaders Academy will open over summer. Students are encouraged to complete the Leadership and Mentoring Program in Science prior to applying. For more information, email our team at enquire@science.uq.edu.au.

The Science Leaders Academy

As a member of the Science Leaders Academy and a Science Mentor you will have access to a number of opportunities for paid and volunteer work; these opportunities will help you grow personally and professionally while developing your employability. As a Mentor you can volunteer for Science Induction Days, Timetabling and Enrolment support, Mentor Corner, Trivia Night, Careers Week, Online Peer Mentoring and various other Faculty of Science engagement and outreach events throughout the year. Academy students who accrue 75 hours of extra-curricular leadership or service (across at least three different Academy activities) can earn the Science Leaders Award. Upon completion of the Award you will receive an official Award Certificate from the Faculty of Science. The Science Leaders Academy Award can be acquired alongside UQ’s Employability Award.

Related links

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