Graduate Mentor Program

The Queen’s Health Sciences Graduate Mentor Program is a volunteer program provided by current graduate students enrolled in the basic sciences departments of Health Sciences (i.e. DBMS, Neuroscience, Pathology, Public Health). The program is designed to match upper-year graduate peer mentors with incoming graduate students to facilitate informal out-of-classroom conversations, knowledge-sharing and network-building between graduate students in order to enrich the University experience for all members. The goal of the program is to provide new graduate students an opportunity to meet and talk with current graduate students and address any concerns they may have during the course of their studies, allowing them to more easily integrate and transition into the Queen’s community. Having a peer mentor with whom students can confide, trust and rely-on to give good advice and honest feedback can benefit both parties.

Come join the Peer Mentoring team!


Program Details
-The program runs from September-December 2016 (Fall 2016 semester).
-Mentor/mentee applications are accepted leading up to the Fall 2016 term.
-Mentors and mentees will be paired in August and both parties will be notified via email.
-Mentors will contact their mentees and should plan to meet during the Health Sciences and Mentor Program activities during Orientation week.
-Monthly social activities will be organized for mentors/mentees to participate in as a group (e.g. bowling); attendance is voluntary.
-Mentors/mentees are expected to stay in touch throughout the program.
There is no cost to participate.


How can a Grad Mentor help me?
-A mentor can assist with some, or all, of the following:
-Transitioning and adjusting to graduate life and academics
-Getting involved on campus
-Queen's University survival skills
-Managing exam anxiety
-Thesis Committee navigation
-Seeing the “Big Picture”
-Accessing campus resources
-And more!


How it works (for mentees)
-Complete the Mentee Application Form (please see How to get involved below). If you are looking for something specific in a mentor, please email the Program Coordinator.
-You will receive an email notifying you that you have been paired with a Mentor. Their background and contact information will be included in this email. Please review this so you are ready when you meet during Orientation week and/or they email you.
-Remember, we're always here to help! If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Program Coordinator (, your Graduate Representative or the Faculty Representative.


How it works (for mentors)
-Complete the Graduate Student Application Form (please see How to get involved below).
-Once you receive an email notifying that you have been paired with a Mentee, email your Mentee and initiate the conversation.

As a member of the Peer Mentoring team you have a very important role – to form a meaningful relationship with another Queen’s student by providing them with support and modeling university survival skills and coping strategies. This role is meant to be primarily one of support. The overall goal is to build confidence, encourage healthy lifestyles and a satisfying university experience while directing students to appropriate resources.


How to get involved

Applying to be a mentor or mentee is easy! Please complete the online Application Form, which was included via email to all current and incoming graduate students. If you did not receive this email, please contact the Program Coordinator at with your name, student ID, email, and program of study. The Coordinator will email you with the application form and give you more information regarding the program.


Contact us

Questions about the program? Interested in applying to be a Mentor or Mentee?

Email Gillian Reid-Schachter, Health Sciences Grad Mentor Program Coordinator, at

The Faculty Representative for the Grad Mentor Program is Dr. Louise Winn (