Industry Mentoring Program
The University of West Florida Industry Mentoring in STEM program seeks to promote the academic success of students traditionally underrepresented in the fields of science and engineering by matching them with industry mentors in their field of study as they prepare for careers beyond campus.
With a special focus on diversity and inclusion, UWF’s Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering (HMCSE) is pleased to offer a mentor program where our undergraduates are partnered with industry professionals to establish connections, gain valuable insights into issues such as career choice, networking skills, and career development.
We believe that representation matters. To facilitate the matching process, mentors will be paired with students based on academic and career fields, shared interests, and/or availability.
A Word from the Dean
We at Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering want to support our students to be successful both during their time at UWF and beyond. As part of our ongoing commitment to promote the success of traditionally underrepresented groups within the fields of science and engineering, we believe that mentoring can be a key part of the transition for students into the professional world.
With help from the vision set forth by our HMCSE Student Advisory Board, the IMSTEM program was first launched in Spring 2022 with just over 30 mentoring pairs, with students from across the college matched with experienced industry mentors. Now entering our first full-length academic year with the program, we are excited to have 50 mentoring pairs participating in the 2023 cohort.
We are especially grateful to our amazing network of volunteer mentors, without whom this program would not be possible. The enthusiastic feedback from our students so far speaks to the value and benefit of mentoring as part of their professional growth and development.
Goals and Objectives
As an integral part of the HMCSE Strategic Plan, the purpose of the STEM Mentor Program is to promote the success of traditionally underrepresented groups within the fields of science and engineering by integrating a mentoring relationship as part of the pathway to career readiness and advancement as they complete their degree.
The goals and objectives of the STEM Mentor relationship are:
- Support students on their path from successful degree completion to job placement or graduate school entry.
- Gain guidance and insight into becoming competitive for employment opportunities.
- Provide an opportunity for students to learn and practice professional networking skills.