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Mentoring for Students/Mentees

If you are a UNM undergraduate student, apply here.


SEMESTERLY DEADLINES: February 5 and September 5.

Matches will be announced by thye following Wednesday.


---For the Fall 2020 semester, as a result of COVID-19: we ask that all participants be willing to meet either by phone call, zoom meeting, or at on an outdoor location for an in-person, yet socially distant interaction. We will have the STEM Mixer, but this will be virtual.---

Join us for our:

  • UNM STEM Mixer - Thursday, September 10, 2020. 4:30 - 3:30 pm. More info HERE.
  • UNM STEM Celebration - Friday, December 4, 2020. 3:30 - 5:30 pm. More info HERE.


There are numerous benefits to having a mentor. These include, but are not limited to: one-on-one guidance, knowledge, and experience, professional communication and growth, networking, setting measurable goals, motivation, and insight.
Read about some UNM Mentor-Mentee pairs through the STEM Gateway Blog posts "Two-Sides of the Same Coint: Mentor-Mentee relationships" ( [note: look back in the archives for both 2015 and 2016]
Additional resources for mentees (and co-mentors): UNM's Mentoring Institute
Mentors are often from engineering, computer science, and physics backgrounds. Occasionally, we have mentors from math, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and Earth & Planetary science backgrounds. 
We NEVER have medical professionals serving as mentors. Freshmen and sophomores who are interested in health science can still sign up for a mentor, as early-level students can still gain something from mentors outside of health science. Juniors and seniors would benefit more from mentors within their field. So, juniors and seniors interested in health science may not be matched with a mentor. If you would like to build relationships with a health professional or explore health-related careers, visit the Office for Pre-Health Professions at, or the HSC Office of Diversity Programs at
The program recruits UNM undergraduate students on a rolling basis. To join the program, students must complete an orientation session and short interest form. Students will not be introduced to a mentor until both items are completed.
Undergraduate student orientation session. Various orientation dates are available. Sign up for a student orientation when you complete your interest form (linked above). If you cannot attend one of the scheduled orientation sessions, but would still like to join the program, contact Yadéeh Sawyer at To speed up scheduling your orientation session, please provide 2-3 times, Monday-Friday, between 9 AM and 3 PM, that work for your schedule in this email.
Undergraduate student interest form. Complete the student interest form linked at the top of this page.
Mentors and mentees meet for about an hour a week (preferably an in-person meeting). Meeting times and activities are arranged by the mentors and mentees. Mentorships last approximately a semester, unless both mentor and mentee wish to extend the partnership.
Students are encouraged to work with their mentor on a long-term goal, such as exploring different college majors or STEM fields, applying for internships, getting involved in research, meeting other scientists and engineers, and more.
Engineering Student Success Center (ESS) staff help students identify a goal to work on during orientation. Then, students and their mentors determine which weekly mentoring activities will help students’ achieve their goal(s). A typical activity includes talking over coffee or touring the mentor’s workplace. Meeting times and activities are arranged by the mentors and mentees.
ESS provides support, including check-in emails and optional activities throughout the year. Information on other mentoring program activities, such as laboratory tours and networking mixers will be emailed out.
Students must be a US citizen to be matched with a mentor from Air Force Research Laboratory or Sandia National Laboratories. If you are not a US Citizen, you can be matched with mentors from other organizations.
The Air Force Research Laboratory and many of Sandia’s buildings are located on Kirtland Air Force Base, which is considered federal property. Any student interested in visiting AFRL or SNL with the STEM Collaborative must produce proof of U.S. citizenship at least one month prior to the scheduled visit. Further directions regarding base access are provided closer to the scheduled tour dates.
For more information, contact Yadéeh Sawyer at or Nada Abdelhack at
Please see "Mentoring Program - Documents" for supporting (orientation) materials.