Science Mentoring Program

The Faculty of Science is offering students and young alumni the chance to establish a professional mentorship with a uOttawa alumnus who has experience related to the mentee’s desired fields of work.

What are the benefits of mentoring?

Mentoring is a type of professional relationship between a student/young alumnus (mentee) interested in gaining insight and information and preparing for the job market and an experienced person (mentor) working in a field related to the mentee’s program.

Being part of a mentorship benefits the mentor and mentee as it provides the opportunity:


  • To develop transferable skills and professional networks;
  • To think about the job market and professional fields related to their program.


  • To share experiences and knowledge about the working world;
  • To enhance leadership skills by working with a mentee.

Who are the mentors?

University of Ottawa alumni with relevant work experience.

Who are the mentees?

Undergrad students in third or fourth year of study (must be 19 years or older), graduate students and alumni who graduated less than two years ago.

How does the mentorship work?

The mentoring program runs throughout the Winter term, from January to March. The program involves about three meetings in total (can be as few as two but no more than five).

Between 60 and 90 minutes in length, the meetings are to take place in a public area (e.g., mentor’s workplace, restaurant or café). Unless the mentor and mentee agree otherwise, meetings are to take place from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.


From January 13 to March 25, 2020. Participants must be available for at least two mentoring meetings.

Find more details in the Mentoring Guide.

For assistance throughout the program, mentors and mentees can contact the Mentorship Coordinator Laura Kelly.

Registration for the Winter 2020 program is closed. If you are interested in participating in the future, please check this page in Fall 2020.

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