Typically, mentors and mentees will meet once per week, and the commitment on the part of the mentor is not expected to exceed an hour or two each week. On the other hand, mentees will be expected to commit at least four hours to their project each week. Mentors will receive a stipend as compensation for their service, and mentees will be reimbursed for the cost of a textbook.
At the beginning of each semester, there will be two organizational gatherings. The first will be an informational meeting for the graduate student mentors during which general expectations will be discussed and questions will be answered. Appropriate mentor-mentee interactions and boundaries will be discussed. The second meeting will be a meet-and-greet attended by both the mentors and the mentees. We will introduce the program for the undergraduates mentees and discuss logistics and expectations. Then, the mentees will be introduced to their mentors and have a chance to chat informally. Refreshments will be served.
At the end of each semester, each mentee will give a 15-minute talk about their project at a gathering that will be attended by all of the graduate and undergraduate participants. These presentations will be open for other undergraduate students to attend, and food will be provided. Throughout the semester, mentees will have the opportunity to meet with each other in an informal setting to discuss their projects and share what they have learned with each other.