Computer Science Mentoring
What is a Computer Science Mentor?
Mentors are current undergraduate Computer Science students who offer support and guidance to Computer Science pre-major and major students. Mentors are leaders and role models who provide encouragement and assistance with establishing goals and making effective decisions. Mentors foster connection and engagement outside of the classroom while enhancing student involvement.
Please note that mentors are not academic advisors or tutors, but mentors do provide the following:
Mentors give students the opportunity to make connections and get to know others in the department outside the classroom through one-on-one meetings with paired mentees, movie nights, game nights, study hours and more!
Mentors assist students in navigating the transition into college life.
Mentors promote involvement among Computer Science students and make students feel welcome and connected.
Mentors assist in providing a network of support for incoming and current students.
Mentors assist in career planning, resume review, navigating company application processes etc.
Characteristics of a Mentor
Approachable: Mentors are available and interested in what you have to say. Feel free to share as much or little information with them based on your comfort level. Mentors care about you and are here for you.
Sharing: Mentors are open to sharing their experiences with you. They can share their experiences, feelings, observations and knowledge openly. They will often encourage you to try new things.
Keeps Confidentiality: Mentors will honor sensitive personal or professional information that you share.
Open: Mentors encourage regular and meaningful contact.
Maintains Trust: Mentors will ensure that you feel free to discuss issues without fear of judgement.
Supportive: Mentors are dedicated to being motivating, encouraging, positive, and empowering.
Meet the Mentors!
Sean Doolen, Ali Alshehri, Samantha Felzien, Caleb Johnsen, Jiacheng Zhang, Grant Bonczek,
Zelin Wan, Alex Erwin, Lauren Olson, Levin Weinstein, Deadndre Capati
Not Pictured: Arfan Uddin, Kyle Strokes
If you are interested in being paired with a Computer Science mentor, please complete the Mentor Matching Form. Students are paired with mentors based on interests and goals. Once a student is paired with a mentor, the mentor will contact the student via UofA CatMail (ends in @email.arizona.edu) to set up regular one-on-one meetings. These meetings can take place wherever the mentor and mentee feel comfortable; Gould-Simpson room, Mentor Lounge, Coffee Shop, Student Union etc.
Apply to be a CS Mentor
Are you interested in being a mentor? If so, apply here.
- Mentors must be available for 5-10 hours per week and should be available to host evening events throughout the semester.
- Mentors can receive credit or pay. Up to 10 hours of work each week are available.
- Mentors must have a 2.4 cumulative and Major GPA.
- Mentors must have completed CSC 110 and CSC 120.
If you have any questions/comments/concerns about the Computer Science mentor program, please email Nicole Soley at firstname.lastname@example.org.