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Mentor Information

We are now recruiting new mentors.

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, invite me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

  • What is a mentor?

    Mentors are select UB faculty, staff and alumni who have been selected to guide students on their professional development path.
  • What does a mentor do?

    Mentors guide students in completing the Professional Development Institute requirements, discuss their career goals and objectives, and provide support and advice.
  • When and how do we meet?

    Mentors meet with students at mutually convenient times. Meetings can occur face-to-face, by phone, by email or through Internet chat.
  • What time commitment is necessary?

    A minimum of one hour of contact time per mentee per month during the semester is required for fostering a successful, productive partnership. More time may be necessary depending on a student's particular goals. Mentoring relationships are generally expected to last at least six months or until a student graduates.
  • What are the benefits of mentoring students?

    Benefits of mentoring include but are not limited to:
    • improved job performance
    • career success
    • recognition by others
    • personal fulfillment and satisfaction.
  • How do I become a mentor?

    You are welcome to apply any time. To become a PDI mentor, you must:
    • hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
    • obtain, complete and submit a mentor application
    • contact Lisa Punter in the Career and Professional Development Center
    • attend 2-hour Mentor Orientation (if selected).
    We accept new mentors before the start of each fall term and hold training sessions in August each year.

Still have questions? Contact Lisa Punter in the Career and Professional Development Center at