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A student begins the process of obtaining a mentor by completing the student sign-up form.

Along with basic contact information, the student should send background information such as personal and professional interests, preferred geographic locations, and short- and long-term career goals. Information provided by the student is used to identify a mentor with a background and interests consistent with or complementary to those of the student.


CEE alumni members can volunteer to be mentors by completing the mentor sign-up form. For security purposes, you will need to first create a Friends of Penn State account if you do not already have one. The system will guide you through this process. You do not need to fill in all of the form fields, but you must complete the fields with a star next to them.

Once the Friends of Penn State account is created, you will be able to complete the mentoring sign-up form. To assist in matching mentors and students, mentors should provide background information similar to that requested of the student.


The Mentoring Board will analyze the registration information submitted by students and alumni mentors to define optimum student-mentor matches. Then, the Mentoring Board notifies both the student and the mentor of the match and provides them with each other’s background and contact information.

It is the student’s responsibility to arrange the initial meeting with his or her mentor. Ideally, this initial meeting will be held face-to-face; however, if this is not possible, it is acceptable for the meeting to be conducted by telephone. The student should contact the mentor within one week of receiving notification of the student-mentor match. The initial meeting should be arranged for a time no later than two weeks after receiving notification.

During the initial meeting, the student and mentor should assess their satisfaction with the match. They should discuss their backgrounds, interests, and professional goals. They should also consider what kinds of goals should be set for the duration of the mentoring relationship.

After the initial meeting, both the student and the mentor should feel as if they have some common ground both personally and professionally. If the student and/or the mentor do not feel the match is appropriate, the CEE Alumni Council mentoring subcommittee should be notified. The committee will then consider the request to match the student with a new mentor.


The mentoring phase of the program is continuous and lasts as long as the mentor and the student wish to maintain the relationship. However, at the end of each year while the student still attends the university, the student and the mentor are asked to submit a satisfaction survey to the Mentoring Board. The committee will review the student-mentor relationship and consider re-matching if that relationship has not met expectations.



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