Women in Science Project
6243 Parker House
Hanover, NH 03755
Through the Peer Mentor Program (PMP), a first-year woman gets matched with an upper-class woman based on mutual interests in science, math, and engineering. Peer mentors provide a network of support where first year students get to know upper-class, science-oriented women who can offer guidance and advice concerning classes, majors, and how to balance work and fun. To request a peer mentor or become a mentor, e-mail WISP@Dartmouth.edu.
With input from the Peer Mentor Program student program coordinator, WISP arranges group training and “enrichment” activities throughout the year to foster greater networking and community building beyond the mentor/mentee relationship. There is a fall kick-off dinner in October where mentees and mentors can meet and get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere.
Despite their busy schedules and time constraints, close to 200 women participate in this program each year and most would choose to participate again. Many do so by being mentors during their upper-class years.
WISP’s Peer Mentor Program was initiated by two rising junior science majors in 1992 who identified the need and desire to share information and advice with younger students in science, math and engineering. This student-directed program has grown and developed over the years and, as of 2011, has touched the lives of more than 3500 Dartmouth women.
Testimonials from Mentees
“I was amazed at how much our interests matched and how much really useful encouraging, comforting information she could give me. I realize that this was no coincidence and a result of a very careful match ups that WISP is responsible for.”
“My mentor gave me a lot of advice on courses to take and when to take them–that was extremely helpful!”
“My mentor was great, we got along really well, and it was nice to have someone interested in the same things I am, talk about majors and classes and other fun stuff. I am glad I got to meet her - that was the most valuable aspect.”
“My mentor gave me important information on dropping classes and extra curricular science activity and volunteer programs.”
Last Updated: 8/11/14