Each mentor meets with a group of four or five new students throughout the winter session to offer advice on available resources and services and help them feel more comfortable with senior members of the university community.
In large first-year classes, students may feel too intimidated or have too few opportunities to deal directly with faculty members.
Each group is chosen to match the interest of the students with the field of study of the mentors. The students groups reflect a mix of those living in residence, those from outside the Lower Mainland and long-time Vancouverites.
The program is available to all new science students at UBC.