Mentor Program

The CNRE Mentor Program matches interested alumni with students in the College. Alumni board members as well as non alumni serve as mentors, and additional volunteers are sought. Mentors are matched with rising sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students (mentees) studying in their respective fields, where possible. The student mentees have the opportunity to meet at a reception each year held in conjunction with the annual college awards event. Most of the communication between the mentors and mentees is via e-mail. Mentees rely on their mentors for advice and mentors provide career networking opportunities for the student. A few Board members commented that they had outstanding success in assisting their mentees with summer work opportunities in their fields. Our hope is that mentor / mentee relationships will continue until graduation and beyond. Ultimately, we hope a student mentee that benefited from the Mentor Program will become a mentor to CNRE student. How many of us would have benefited from a mentor in our field, while we were students?

The CNRE Mentor Program is a wonderful opportunity to give something back to a special place. Our University’s motto, Ut Prosim, meaning “that I may serve”, was ingrained in us as students and many of us continue to apply it each day. The CNRE Alumni Board invites you to become involved as a Mentor. For more details or to volunteer, please contact CNRE Director of Alumni Relations Lane Guilliams at laneg@vt.edu or 540/231-2512