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Mentoring Program


The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Mentoring Program was created to help our college's undergraduates succeed, prepare them for their professional careers, and become active EMS alumni. The program allows students to explore topics like internships, career planning, college to career transition, and leadership development with an alumni mentor.

EMS has students and alumni from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, talents and interests.  The program leverages this diversity, and provides students with a broader perspective on career choices by pairing them with mentors that complement their interest, discipline/major, and professional aspirations.

Goals of Program

  1. Provide a fulfilling opportunity for students to learn about career paths, professional fields, and educational options from alumni working in their field of interest.
  2. Provide a fulfilling opportunity for alumni to be involved with the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences by sharing their knowledge and experience with our students.

Students: Do you want to be part of the Mentoring Program?

All students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences in good academic standing are eligible to participate in the mentoring program.  Preference will be given to students who will be beginning their junior or senior year at the start of the mentoring relationship in the following fall semester.  However, all students are welcome to apply, and may be accepted if they show a high degree of certainty in their major and are making significant academic progress. To learn more see the links below:

Alumni: Would you like to be a mentor to a student?

The mentoring program is open to all College of Earth and Mineral Sciences alumni. Our alumni mentors are successful professionals in their fields and represent the range of careers available to graduates of the college. All mentors serve on a voluntary basis.To learn more see the links below:

Get More Information

If you have any questions regarding the EMS Mentoring Program, please contact program chair Colleen Swetland by telephone at 814-863-4667 or by email at