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Mentoring Program

The CSE-AS Mentoring Program offers students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) the chance to connect with mentors from the Alumni Society. The program is jointly sponsored by the Department and Alumni Society to facilitate the professional development of computer science and computer engineering students by providing these students with guidance, counsel and networking opportunities. Students and alumni mentors are matched based on their background and interests and interact on a one-to-one basis for help with academic and professional development.

Students! Have you wondered how a class or skill will apply to life after graduation? What will it be like in industry or academia or wherever your degree takes you? Are you on the right path?

Alumni!! Would you be willing to share the wisdom and perspective that you have gained during your career with a Penn State CSE student?

If the answer is yes, then sign up for the CSE-AS Mentoring Program. Our program pairs a CSE student with an experienced computer science or computer science and engineering alumni. Our alumni span the history of computer science from the mid 1960's to today, from deep hardware knowledge and software innovation to entrepreneurial and executive experience.

Mentoring is an excellent opportunity for any CSE student to tap the mind of a person outside of the Penn State faculty to get their view from a different perspective. The student drives this relationship, determining what they want to get out of their mentoring and what advice and information they want to use or even file away for consideration later. The frequency and method of mentoring sessions is between the student and their mentor, e.g., each relationship is unique.

Our CSE-AS Mentoring Program enrollment starts at the beginning of the fall semester each year. Information for student enrollment is posted in advance of the enrollment period, and is available from the CSE office and advisers. Alumni enrollment is also in the fall, although mentors are welcome to sign up all year round. Links to the registration pages are found below.

Changes can be made during the academic year if needed. Comments and feedback are always welcome. To make the best match, please be sure to fill in your interests and any special considerations.

To improve your mentoring experience, a number of mentoring references are provided, both on this website and on the CSE-AS LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

If you have any questions, comments, or problems, please contact Amy Hasan by telephone at 814-865-9189 or by e-mail at alh31@engr.psu.edu or contact Katie Barrett by e-mail at KBarrett@cse.psu.edu.

Student-Alumni Registration

To participate in the Mentoring Program, both students (all computer science and engineering undergraduate and graduate students as well as freshmen and sophomore students who are interested in CSE) and CSE-AS members (potential mentors) must register online and provide both contact and background information such as address, telephone number, and interests.

Students can request a mentor by completing the online registration at Student Program Registration.

CSE-AS members can register online to become mentors by providing the information requested at Alumni Mentor Registration.

Student-Mentor Matching

Representatives of the CSE Department and the CSE-AS will analyze registration information submitted by students and alumni to define effective student-mentor matches. As matches are made, the students and mentors will be notified of their matches and provided each others' background information.

Student-Mentor Resources

The Mentoring Handbook (available in Word or PDF formats) provides additional information on the mentoring program, including a detailed description of the mentoring process. Guidelines for establishing a successful student-mentor relationship are available at Student Guidelines, Mentor Guidelines, and an example of an Action Plan. These guidelines offer some of the best practices of successful student mentoring programs at Penn State. Contact information for assistance with issues outside the scope of mentoring are available at Resources for Students and Mentors.

CSE Tech Talk Series

The CSE-AS Technical Conference will offer alumni from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) the opportunity to gather together on campus and learn from one anothers' experiences.

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