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Questions & Answers

In 1998, the Faculty-Student Mentoring Program was honored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia as one of the "successful student retention models in Virginia's colleges and universities."

Commonly Asked Questions & Answers about the Faculty-Student Mentoring Program

  1. How do I apply?
    All Students (new and returning) should complete an on-line application and attend one orientation session before the first mentoring event.
    The Fall 2014 Student Orientation Dates are:
    Friday, September 5th
    5:00 - 6:00 pm
  2. How often shall mentor and student meet?
    We encourage mentors and students to keep in touch as much as they can and are encouraged to meet in person at least once a month. This can be centered on academics, shared research or informal settings, depending on the pair. The better they know each other, the more likely a meaningful mentorship can develop.
    Students are required to attend at least one additional meeting each semester with Dean Grimes. Failure to attend and/or communicate in a timely manner with her can result in being dropped from the program (and not being placed in future semesters).
    3. Can I change my mentor or student?
    Either party can suggest a change, if another mentor or student is available. However, many pairs find that committing to meet for one academic year helps them to learn from the experience. Dean Grimes is available to provide resources and support, as needed.
    4. What shall I do to keep the relationship alive?
    Having lunch together on Grounds, e-mailing and texting each other are common ways that mentors and students stay in touch. Face-to-face meeting is ideal, especially if mentors and students share strong research or academic interests. Anything that shows your interest, care and commitment will promote the relationship.
    5. Can I choose my own mentor or student?
    Yes, you can. It is best to let Dean Grimes know when you apply (and make sure that your mentor or student has also completed an application), so that you can be assigned at the start of the new academic year. If the student is a new applicant, s/he still must attend an orientation session or meet individually with Dean Grimes.