Mentor UPP: Undergraduate Professional Partnering is a mentoring and networking program where UA College of Engineering alumni and members of the Capstone Engineering Society cultivate relationships with the College’s upperclassman and serve as a support system as the students transition from college to career. Juniors and seniors are matched with an alumni mentor based on interest indicators and other criteria on the application. Students are urged to become alumni mentors after graduation. Mentoring shall begin as soon as the matches are made in June and end the last week of April.

Alumni Mentor Roles and Responsibilities

Good Alumni Mentors are

  • Available, accessible, and consistent
  • Prompt and reliable
  • Compassionate and supportive
  • Good listeners and confidants
  • Encouragers, friends, guides, and coaches
  • Positive role-models

To have a successful mentoring experience, Alumni Mentors should

  • Discuss and establish your expectations and your Student Mentee's expectations/needs
  • Set a measurable SMART Goal with Student Mentee(s)
  • Revisit the Student Mentee(s) goal and expectations monthly to ensure progress is being made
  • Interact and communicate regularly
  • Work at building a positive, professional relationship
  • Encourage and challenge Student Mentee(s) to explore options and possibilities
  • Provide information and resources to Student Mentee(s), offer suggestions, and feedback

Alumni Mentor Requirements:

  • Review Mentor UPP Online Orientation and MentorAPP Training
  • Interact monthly a minimum of one time by Skype, Google+ Hangout, phone or face-to-face*
  • Communicate no less than every two-three weeks with Student Mentee(s)
  • Log your communications and interactions into MentorAPP for each Student Mentee in a timely manner
  • Set expectations with your Student Mentee(s) at your first meeting
  • Assist Student Mentee(s) in setting a SMART Goal within the first month

Student Mentee Roles and Responsibilities

A good Student Mentee

  • Is available, accountable, accessible, and consistent
  • Prompt, reliable, and respectful of the Alumni Mentor's time
  • Asks questions and seeks advice, then listens and follows through on action items
  • Looks to the Alumni Mentor for encouragement, friendship, guidance, and coaching
  • Sets reasonable expectations and a SMART goal then makes effort to achieve it

To have a successful mentoring experience, Student Mentees should

  • Share your expectations and needs with your Alumni Mentor
  • Set a reasonable, measurable, and meaningful goal with Alumni Mentor
  • Revisit goal monthly with your Alumni Mentor to ensure progress is being made
  • Interact and communicate regularly
  • Work at building a positive, professional, and respectful relationship
  • Listen to your Alumni Mentor’s advice, explore options, and utilize information and resources provided by them
  • Be prepared to discuss topics with your Alumni Mentor and be receptive to suggestions and feedback

Student Mentee Requirements:

  • Contact Alumni Mentor to establish your initial meeting
  • Review Mentor UPP Online Orientation and MentorAPP Training
  • Interact monthly a minimum of one time by Skype, Google+ Hangout, phone or face-to-face*
  • Communicate no less than every two-three weeks with Alumni Mentor
  • Log interactions in MentorAPP in a timely manner
  • Participate in the Mentor UPP Surveys* (*optional, but encouraged)
  • Set expectations and a SMART Goal with your Alumni Mentor within the first month
  • Follow through on commitments made with your Alumni Mentor
  • Attend any called meetings by Mentor UPP

Goal Setting (Set a SMART Goal)

  • S - Specific
  • M - Measurable
  • A - Attainable
  • R - Relevant
  • T - Time-specified
  1. Specific – Write a concise statement of the goal by stating what you wish to achieve and the expected outcome.
  2. Measurable – Determine how to measure the goal or outcome so you know when the goal has been accomplished. Goals can be quantitative and/or qualitative.
  3. Attainable – The goal must be within your skill set and knowledge level with appropriate resources available.
  4. Relevant – The goal should contribute to your personal growth.
  5. Time-specified – The goal should have a deadline and not be open-ended. Goals can change so modified with a new deadline if needed.

Meeting Policy

While Alumni Mentors and Student Mentees are encouraged to have face-to-face interaction whenever possible; there are some safety measures that The University of Alabama, the College of Engineering, and Mentor UPP Program advises for the protection of both parties. Meetings will be held:
1. in a public place (ex. Starbucks)
2. or a UA facility (ex. ENGenuity Lab)
*No meetings should take place in alumni nor student homes and alumni should not transport students in a vehicle.