PEER MENTORSHIP PROGRAM (PMP)
Our mission is to help students at Cornell explore different research opportunities and obtain a lab position, with a focus on finding a good fit for each individual.
Mentees are matched in small groups to an upperclassman mentor who is experienced and knowledgeable in their research field of interest. The mentor is a resource for students to provide guidance throughout the entire process of finding, joining, and succeeding in a research group.
The Peer Mentorship Program (PMP) holds G-body presentations and workshops to walk through the nuances of applying to research groups as well as general research career development. These meetings also serve as an opportunity for mentees to ask their mentor any questions that arise as they go through the application process.
General Meeting Times
Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm ET. All meetings are now virtual. Presentations and workshops are held on alternating weeks.Types of research labs that students can join: Biological Sciences, Organizational Behavior, Chemistry etc. We welcome mentees with interests in any subject! Our mentors have diverse academic focuses spanning the physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
Mentees are expected to attend weekly meeting and maintain open communication with their mentors. The program is designed to help you!
Lead and advise 4 - 8 undergraduate students on how to get involved in research in your field of study
Attend G-bodies and workshops
Hold at least 1 lab tour
Lead discussions and participate in research events
Develop relationships with other undergraduate students and professors in the research community
Provide support to all mentors and mentees in the program
You must be currently involved in a research group on campus to apply to be a mentor.
The CURB Peer Mentorship Program hosts the Professor Panel, a special event where a diverse group of principal investigators will answer your most important questions about their research, what they look for in an undergraduate candidate, how day to day operations in their group work, and any other curiosities you have! The Professor Panel is an excellent opportunity to gain insight on how to best prepare for undergraduate research. This event is open to the entire Cornell community and will take place during a regularly scheduled PMP meeting time.
Due to COVID-19, this year's Professor Panel was hosted over a Zoom Webinar, which we recorded and posted on our Youtube channel.
We were fortunate to have five outstanding professors on the panel:
Elizabeth Kellogg - Molecular Biology and Genetics
Sturt Manning - Classical Archeology
Brian Lucas - ILR
Lena F. Kourkoutis - Applied Engineering Physics
Andrew Bass - Neurobiology and Behavior
If you are interested in listening to what was discussed, please check out our Youtube channel or simply watch the video below!