Chemical Engineering Alumni
Chemical Engineering Alumni Mentoring Program
The Chemical Engineering Department has developed an Alumni Mentoring Program to facilitate the professional development of chemical engineering undergraduate students. This program provides students an alumni mentor who will offer professional guidance, counsel, and networking opportunities. Students and alumni mentors are matched based on their background and interests and interact on a one-to-one basis to assist the student with his / her professional development.
The Mentoring program gives students an opportunity to talk with someone outside the University who can provide an independent perspective on both chemical engineering and Penn State, including different career paths and professional opportunities. Students and mentors will communicate primarily via email and phone (approximately once a month) and can have face-to-face meetings when circumstances permit.
To participate in the Chemical Engineering Mentoring Program, students and alumni must register online and provide both contact and background information. The background information will be used to assist with student - mentor matching. This information will be shared within the mentoring relationship but will otherwise be maintained as completely confidential.
Students can request a mentor by completing the student registration form.
Information on the characteristics of successful "mentees".pdf is available on-line for students who are unfamiliar with the mentoring process.
Alumni Mentor Registration
Alumni can volunteer to become mentors by completing the alumni mentor registration form.
Information on the characteristics of a good mentor.pdf is available on-line for alumni who are largely unfamiliar with mentoring.
The Director of the Chemical Engineering Mentoring Program will analyze registration information submitted by students and alumni to identify appropriate student-mentor matches. Students and mentors will be notified of the match and provided each other’s background information. Students and mentors will be given an opportunity to comment on the effectiveness of the mentoring relationship, with new pairings made if the original match isn't meeting the needs of the student / mentor.
The Mentor Handbook provides additional information on the mentoring program, including a detailed description of the mentoring process and guidelines for establishing a successful student - mentor relationship. Students should complete a mentoring action plan to help guide the initial interactions.
If you have specific questions regarding the Chemical Engineering Mentoring Program,
please email Mr. Ron Pingel.
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