Strong evidence supports the critical role of mentorship in student success1. A recent study reported the high impact of peer mentoring on mentee academic performance by demonstrating that any mentoring style is better than no mentoring at all2. Additionally, surveys show that University of Toronto students reported a greater sense of belonging and higher academic satisfaction when engaged in mentorship3.
In response, PhysioMP’s vision is to provide all undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Physiology with the opportunity to engage in peer mentorship (i.e. undergraduates mentoring undergraduates, etc.). PhysioMP will develop leadership skills in the mentors, and promote academic success in the mentees. Additionally, it will be a hub to stimulate interest and participation in Departmental events hosted by UPSA or GASP.
Crisp G, Cruz I (2009). Mentoring college students: A critical review of the literature between 1990 and 2007. Research in Higher Education 50(6):525-545.
Leidenfrost B, Strassnig B, Schutz M, Carbon CC, Schabmann A (2014). The impact of peer mentoring on mentee academic performance: Is any mentoring style better than no mentoring at all? International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 26(1):102-111.
Mentorship Resource Center (University of Toronto), internal data