Mentoring is a time-honored tradition in psychological training that a majority of students report as a very important component of their success (Zanna & Darley, 2004). However, given the variety of activities that today’s undergraduate and graduate students are involved in, the traditional mentoring model – with one mentor paired with each mentee – may not meet all of the students’ needs.
In response, organizations within psychology have provided students with opportunities to connect with other professionals in the field and receive mentoring in a variety of areas – research mentoring, clinical mentoring, mentored journal reviews, and mentoring on professional development issues, to name a few.
Students of the International Positive Psychology Association (SIPPA) has developed a similar program aimed at connecting students interested in positive psychology with faculty members and other professionals who work within the field. These mentors are not intended to replace your primary academic advisor, but can serve to be very valuable in helping students learn more about positive psychology and its applications.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor or connecting with a mentor, please email us at SIPPAnetwork@gmail.com with the appropriate completed application listed below:
Application for faculty/professionals interested in mentoring
Application for students interested in mentoring
We encourage mentors-mentees to commit to a six month relationship in which the dyad decides how (e.g., phone, email, in person at conferences) and how often (e.g., weekly, monthly) they would like to be in contact. Please note that we will work on a first come, first served basis when assigning mentees to a mentor in the event that a wait-list occurs.