The Science & Business Mentorship Hub is one-of-a-kind as the University of Waterloo’s first hub allowing for formal long-term mentorship. The goal of the hub is to strengthen the Science & Business community by fostering strong relationships between students and alumni. Launched using Ten Thousand Coffees’ SaaS solutions, the hub is an AI-powered platform containing three mentorship programs, a buddy networking program, and office hours. The mentorship programs and office hours were launched in September 2022 and the buddy networking program will be launched in January 2023.
Please note that the hub is only open to Science & Business students and alumni. Science & Business students and alumni can join the hub by September 30th using this link: https://uwaterloo.tenthousandcoffees.com/invitation/31761e60-ff28-4039-bd38-8cfaf4573333
Mentorship programs are structured programs occurring over 7-month periods from October to April of each year, providing one-on-one mentorship of the following types:
- Student-to-Alumni Mentorship – 3rd and 4th year students are mentored by alumni.
- Peer-to-Peer Mentorship – 1st and 2nd year students are mentored by 3rd and 4th year students.
- Alumni-to-Alumni Mentorship – Early-career alumni are mentored by experienced alumni.
Buddy Networking Program
The buddy networking program connects students of the same educational level (e.g., two 1st year students) through monthly informal coffee chats.
Office hours are interactive events that connect students with faculty, alumni, and industry leaders, such as:
- Career AMAs (Ask-Me-Anything)
- Fireside Chats
- Industry Spotlights