This website is designed to inform students, faculty and staff of the many mentoring resources available as you build meaningful mentoring relationships with others. If you are a faculty, staff or peer mentor, this website can provide you with helpful information to enhance the mentoring relationship you have with your mentee or protégé. If you are someone seeking a mentor, we hope to give you some direction on how to find one.

Mentoring comes from the Greek word meaning “enduring,” and is defined as a sustained relationship between two individuals, a mentor and a mentee (or protégé). Through continued involvement, the mentor offers support, guidance and assistance as the developing person faces new challenges.

A mentor is an experienced person who provides guidance and support in a variety of ways to the developing individual. They act as a role model, guide, tutor, coach or confidante. Their message is that mentees are worth their time and effort because they are valuable people. Through their expertise, words, and example, they help expand mentees’ horizons and increase their chances of success.

Mentors are beneficial in every stage of one’s life, in academic, professional, and personal realms. Mentors enrich lives by sharing their experiences, by listening and giving advice and through their life examples.

May your experience at Michigan allow you to build some meaningful mentoring relationships!

University-Wide Mentoring Resources:

  • University Mentorship Program (UMP) | (734) 764-6413
    The University Mentorship Program, a part of the Office of New Student Programs, provides support to students making the transition from high school to college. Mentorship is open to all first-year students. The program is one of the many Michigan Learning Communities available to students on campus. These programs help to make the University a smaller place by building relationships between students, faculty and staff. Throughout the fall semester Mentorship groups participate in a variety of activities, both academic and social, that work towards supporting and encouraging each first-year student.
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) | (734) 998-9391
    The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) creates research partnerships between first- and second-year students and UM faculty. All schools and colleges are active participants in UROP, providing a wealth of research topics from which students can choose. The program continues to grow, offering more first and second year students the opportunity to be part of an exciting research community. Today, approximately 900 students and over 600 faculty researchers are engaged in research partnerships.
  • College of Engineering Peer Mentoring Program (PMP) | (734) 647-7106
    The CoE Peer Mentor Program’s mission is to successfully facilitate the transition to college life for incoming students to the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. We aim to provide incoming students with resources for all facets of college life on a student-by-student basis. We hope that through our efforts, members of the Peer Mentor Program will create a sense of belonging and community within both the Peer Mentor Program and the College of Engineering as a whole.