Mentorship Program


We are currently looking for Rehabilitation Sciences trainees including MSc, PhD and Post-Doctoral fellows who are interested in mentoring incoming MSc and PhD students starting September 2018. We feel that your recent experience navigating graduate school makes you an excellent resource for students entering our research-intensive program!


Mentorship Program Overview:

The Rehabilitation Sciences Mentorship Program is a yearlong mentorship program that intends to connect Master level graduate student mentees and Doctoral student/Postdoctoral mentors for research skill development, opportunities for collaboration and networking, and career exploration. The program aims to assist new graduate students transition from undergraduate university, or professional work, into the research-focused graduate student environment. The program incorporates face-to-face mentoring with online contact, networking events, and connections to career development resources including the annual RSEC Research Day.

Program Outcomes:

As a mentee, you will:

  • Connect with mentors from other research labs
  • Build and strengthen research skills, share experiences and learn from a fellow graduate student’s challenges and achievements
  • Explore and gain clarity on academic, professional and personal plans
  • Have the opportunity to build academic and professional networks

As a mentor, you will:

  • Hone leadership and mentoring skills
  • Build contacts and develop connections
  • Contribute to the future of academia and student community by supporting peers

Program Requirements:

Mentors are encouraged to initiate contact at the start of the mentorship relationship. Going forward, both the mentee and mentor should actively connect with one another over the course the year.

  • Mentees and mentors should aim to meet at least once in person per term
  • Mentees and mentors must attend at least one RSEC hosted event per year (for example Research Day, RIPs)
  • Mentees and mentors should aim to maintain at least one point of contact per month (for example, over email, phone, skype etc.)

Time Commitment

The mentorship relationship is developed over 1 year. The time commitment for mentors is a total of 15-20 hours. The more you put into the program, the more you’ll get out of it!

Suggestions for in-person Meetings and Activities:

  • Attend an RSEC hosted event such as the annual Research Day
  • Attend UBC Journal Club or Research in Progress meetings
  • Attend a UBC library hosted events that educate students on important research skills such as writing literature reviews, see calendar here:
  • Attend the RSEC Mentorship panel event in November 2018
  • Go for coffee or lunch to get to know each other!

For more information, please contact either of our Mentorship Program Coordinator: Cristina Rubino [].

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