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USU Uintah Basin Mentoring Program

Utah State University-Uintah Basin (USU Uintah Basin) invites all undergraduate students to participate in a pilot program, the Student Mentoring Program, which is being offered by USU Uintah Basin faculty at our Vernal and Roosevelt campuses. The goal of this program is to increase students' connection to the social and intellectual USU Uintah Basin community, thereby helping create a culture of student success.

A faculty mentor will be personally matched to you to help with whatever challenges you might encounter in your journey toward reaching your academic goals and graduating (because we all struggle). Benefits include:

  • Asking questions of faculty, such as how to succeed in your academic program, what internship or research opportunities they may have, and how to connect with support services (who to see for unique situations!)
  • Getting personalized advice on finding your quickest route to career success
  • Getting to know our local instructors and possibly finding connections with peer groups

We welcome and appreciate your being a part of this voluntary pilot program, through which you will meet faculty who are concerned with your ultimate career success, obtain personalized guidance, and learn how to get the most out of your degree. If you are a student, please click on the student information box below. If you are a faculty member, please click on the faculty information box below.

Students

Your role as a student mentee is to engage with your faculty mentor in a manner that helps you feel more connected to the social and intellectual community at Utah State University-Uintah Basin (USU-UB). Your mentor may decide to do this by meeting one-on-one with you, in a group with other mentees, or a combination of the two. The purpose of this mentoring is to help you feel more engaged and supported. The time commitment for you to participate in this mentoring program will vary from mentor to mentor, but you should be prepared to devote a few hours to this program throughout the semester.

Your participation in this faculty-mentoring program is voluntary, with the following three options:

  • Option A is to not participate in this mentoring program.
  • Option B is to participate in the mentoring program but not the research component of the program. In option B, students participate in the mentoring program, but do not complete the informed consent document or surveys. If you choose option B, you will be expected to:
    • Understand your role as a student mentee.
    • During the first five weeks of the semester in particular, and throughout the semester, engage yourself in the mentoring process. You and your faculty mentor will coordinate on how best to do this. This may involve face-to-face visits with your mentor or group activities with your mentor and other mentees. This will vary from mentor to mentor, so it is difficult to estimate a time commitment, but you should be prepared to devote a few hours to this throughout the semester.
  • Option C is to participate in the mentoring program, as well as the research component. If you choose option C, you will be expected to:
    1. Understand your role as a student mentee.
    2. Understand and sign the informed consent document near the beginning of the semester. This should take about 10 minutes.
    3. Complete the student pre-survey near the beginning of the semester. This should take about 10 minutes.
    4. During the first five weeks of the semester in particular, and throughout the semester, engage yourself in the mentoring process. You and your faculty mentor will coordinate on how best to do this. This may involve face-to-face visits with your mentor or group activities with your mentor and other mentees. This will vary from mentor to mentor, so it is difficult to estimate a time commitment, but you should be prepared to devote a few hours to this throughout the semester.
    5. Complete the student post-survey during week 14 or 15 of the semester. This should take about 10 minutes.
    6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 in upcoming semesters. Your total time commitment to participate in this project each semester is likely to take between 3 and 6 hours.

To choose option A, B, or C, please take this quick survey.

Faculty

Your role as a faculty mentor is to help your student mentees feel more connected to the social and intellectual community at Utah State University Uintah Basin (USU-UB). How you do this is really up to you. You may decide to interact with your mentees one on one, or as a group, or a combination of one-on-one and group interactions. You also determine the method of contacting your mentees through emails/texts (individual or groups lists) or phone calls. The time commitment will vary from mentor to mentor, but you should be prepared to devote a few hours to this throughout the semester. You will be provided guidelines about good mentoring practices from the Student Success Committee, for example how to have positive but realistic discussions about the rigors of college. The leadership team at USU-UB will support reasonable expenses for you to provide a quality mentoring experience for your assigned mentees. Your involvement in this mentoring program includes the following:

  1. Understand your role as a faculty mentee.
  2. Understand and sign the informed consent near the beginning of the semester. This should take about 10 minutes.
  3. Complete the faculty pre-survey near the beginning of the semester. This should take about 10 minutes.
  4. Receive list of mentees from Student Success Committee.
  5. During the first five weeks of the semester, faculty mentor is to reach out to mentees, and throughout the semester engage in the mentoring process. Faculty mentors will determine how best to do this. This may involve face-to-face visits with your mentees, or group activities. Because this will vary from mentor to mentor, it is difficult to put a time commitment, but you should be prepared to devote a few hours to this throughout the semester.
  6. The Student Success Committee is available to provide training and answer questions as needed throughout the semester.
  7. Complete the faculty post-survey during week 14 or 15 of the semester. This should take about 10 minutes.
  8. Repeat steps 5 and 7 in upcoming semesters. Your total time commitment to participate in the project each semester is likely to take between 5 and 15 hours.
Complete Informed Consent & Survey