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Mentors: FAQ

How long is KMP?

Formally, the program takes place from August to December. Informally, mentors and their mentees have continued their relationship well after the KMP has been completed.

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How can I become a mentor?

Students interested in applying to be a mentor will complete an application at the beginning of the spring semester for the program that starts the following fall semester. 

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How and when are mentors chosen?

Mentors are selected by a committee composed of faculty, staff, past student mentors, and a Head Mentor. Mentors for the following fall semester are announced in March.

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What selection criteria does the selection committee use?

The selection committee looks for students who:

  • Have good academic standing
  • Will be a junior or senior in the upcoming fall semester
  • Are actively involved in the Krannert and Purdue community
  • Are considered good citizens and role models by their peers, faculty, and advisors
  • Want to positively impact a first year student’s Krannert experience
  • Have a strong desire to Pay It Forward
  • Can commit to the time requirement of the program

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What does KMP require in terms of time commitment?

The KMP requires mentors:

  • To take a two-credit course 16-week course during the semester in which the program will take place.
    • This course will meet every other week, on one day for 75 minutes.
    • During activity weeks, mentors will have assignments to complete, which typically involves meeting with their mentees.
  • To meet with their mentee(s) at least every other week.
    • These interactions may involve mentors and mentees attending a function or event or may be simply meeting up for an informal conversation.
    • Additional interactions or communications is strongly recommended. Many of our past mentors and mentees texted each other between face-to-face meetings.
  • To attend a two-hour mentor kickoff training in April prior to the start of the program.
  • To attend a two-hour mentor-mentee kickoff activity at the beginning of fall semester.
  • To be willing to answer questions from incoming first-year students over the summer prior to the start of the program in the fall.
  • To complete an end of program evaluation.

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Is the MGMT 390 course required?

Yes, all mentors are required to take the MGMT 390 course.

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If I was a mentor in a prior year, can I apply to be a mentor again?

Yes, previous mentors can reapply for the program. However, is no guarantee that a past mentor will be selected again for the program.

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If I get selected for KMP a second time, do I have to take the MGMT 390 course again?

Yes, the MGMT 390 is a required component of the program. Past mentors who are selected to be mentors again may become head mentors and/or part of the KMP Leadership team. The head mentors leadership team provide guidance and act as role models to first-time mentors. They may serve on the mentoring selection committee for the next year. These leaders may also serve on an evaluation committee to further develop and strengthen the program.

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How many mentees does a mentor have?

Each mentor is assigned two mentees.

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How many mentors does a mentee have?

Each mentee will be assigned one mentor.

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When will I be able to meet my mentee(s)?

Mentors will meet their mentees at the mentor-mentee kickoff event in August. Mentors may reach out to mentees via email or Skype prior to mentees arriving on campus.

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What is the role of the “mentor family”?

Each mentor is paired up with a mentor family, who is a fellow mentor. The mentor family provides additional support for mentees when a mentor is unable to do so, and support for the fellow mentor. Mentor families also extend both mentees' and mentors’ professional and social networks.

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Who do I contact if I have additional questions about KMP?

Questions about KMP can be directed to Director of Personal & Professional Developmet, Sharlee Lyons at salyons@purdue.edu 

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