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The EHHS Doctoral Forum Peer Mentorship Program

Purpose

The EHHS Doctoral Student Forum started the Peer Mentorship Program in fall semester 2010. The purpose of this program is to provide support for first semester doctoral students throughout Kent State University’s College of Education Health and Human Services. The Coordinator of the Peer Mentorship Program matches up volunteer doctoral students or candidates (with at least 1 year of doctoral studies under their belt) and an entry semester doctoral student.

Activities

The activities that the peer mentor and mentee engage in are to be determined by the pair. There is no training involved for this and it is suggested that they work out times to meet with one another throughout the semester. Peer mentorship may occur completely via email, phone and/or Facebook, or other social networking website as agreed to by mentor and mentee. The main point is to continuously interact with one another throughout the semester.

Why participate?

The Peer Mentorship Program is intended to benefit both mentor and mentee. The mentee receives individual guidance from a seasoned doctoral student or candidate who has been connected to the University for at least an academic year. The mentor receives satisfaction in working with a new student and in many cases if the mentor is a doctoral candidate, this provides re-connection to the University and the opportunity to get back on campus. It is hoped that the peer mentorship will continue beyond the scope of the semester in which the pair are assigned and the relationship will continue to develop over the years of doctoral studies.

Application

You can complete an online application here. You may need to sign in with your Flashline Username and Password. If you have any questions or difficulties with the form, please contact Rachel at rfoot@kent.edu

Peer Mentorship Program Coordinator (2011-12): Rachel Foot (rfoot@kent.edu)