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Mentorship

Program Description

The purpose of the AIChE Mentorship Program is to provide underclassmen with the resources they need to succeed as students and as chemical engineers.  We do this by matching students as mentors and mentees, by bringing in companies for events targeting underclassmen, and by planning events which foster a sense of community within the chemical engineering department.

The AIChE Mentorship Program facilitates interaction between multiple classes of chemical engineers by matching upperclassmen and underclassmen and mentors and mentees.  Mentors can answer questions that mentees have about the University of Michigan chemical engineering program as well as any career goals that they have.  Additionally, the mentorship chairs plan social events for mentors and mentees in order to build a sense of community between members of the program.

The Mentorship Program also brings together underclassmen with representatives from many different companies so that they can better understand the skills of a successful chemical engineer and network with companies interested in hiring interns or co-ops.  We plan an annual Sophomore Night with Industry where companies can meet with students in a relaxed environment the Friday before the Fall Career Fair.  We also plan tours of local plants in order to expose underclassmen to locations where many chemical engineers will find themselves working.

Additionally, the mentorship chairs arrange social events throughout the year to build community within the chemical engineering department and with our alumni.  We plan an annual Kickoff BBQ which brings together the entire department at the beginning of the year.  We also plan smaller gatherings such as coffee and bagel socials with interested companies in order to meet with students in a friendly environment.

Corporate Information

The success of the AIChE Mentorship Program relies on substantial corporate involvement. The AIChE Mentorship Program has introduced underclassmen to numerous companies with our Sophomore Night with Industry, tours of local plants, and seminars featuring multiple guest speakers from different companies. This year we hope to continue the growing success of the Mentorship Program by providing even more events focused on the diverse opportunities available within chemical engineering. 

Whenever a company representative comes to campus for AIChE luncheons or interviews, we would like to also set up a Mentorship event. This event can have any format and be based on any topic. For instance, it could be a lunch time discussion about interviewing skills, resume tips, and other career searching advice or an evening presentation about a specific topic within your industry, such as ethics, new technologies in your field, or Six Sigma.

See the attached document for more information.

How it works

Interested underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) sign up as mentees by filling out the questionnaire given out in ChE 230 (also below). They choose their first and/or second career preference and are matched with the corresponding mentor. 

The AIChE mentors serve as a resource for their mentees by making themselves available to answer questions and setting up informative events with companies or professors related to their area of interest. 

The Mentorship Chairs arrange monthly social events throughout the year. These social events are aimed to build community within the ChE department and advertise the Mentorship program. 

How to sign up

If you registered for ChE 230 this fall, then do not worry – we will come to you! The AIChE Mentorship Co-Chairs will hand out the Mentee Questionnaire in the first week of class. From there, we will add you to the mentee emailing lists. 

If you are not taking ChE 230, please email aichementorship16-17@umich.edu with your interest.