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Gator Launch Mentoring Program

Gator Launch is a mentoring and education program for underrepresented second, third and fourth-year undergraduate UF students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to network with a mentor in the STEM field as well as participate in career development activities.

Overview

As a participant, you will learn about a variety of topics such as networking, professionalism, resume writing, interviewing, internships and career planning. During the mentoring component of the program, you will be matched with a professional currently working in your field of interest.

Beginning in the fall semester of 2014, you will participate in monthly 1.5-hr career development seminars and communicate with your mentor at least three times per semester, in person and via phone/skype. During the spring 2015 semester, you will job shadow your mentor for a firsthand experience of a typical day for a professional in your STEM field and you will meet key people in your mentor’s organization.

Underrepresented

We define the term underrepresented broadly, to include gender, economic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and any other identities that are not represented in STEM fields.

Application Instructions*

There are three components to your application.

  1. Application Form: Download and complete the application form (right click + "save target as" or "save link as").

  2. Essay: A one (1) page essay is required. You will need to answer the following questions:
    • a. How do you identify as an underrepresented person in the STEM fields?
    • b. How do you think you would benefit from the Gator Launch program?
    • c. What are your current career goals or objectives?

  3. Resume: We will need a current version of your resume. It should be a maximum of one page.

Application Submission and Deadline

Applications are accepted via email only. To send via e-mail, print, complete and scan in the application form and send in along with your essay and resume to Gator Launch.

The deadline for submitting your application is April 15, 2014. Students may continue to be accepted on a rolling basis during the summer.

*Unfortunately, mentors are not available for students interested in pursuing a pre-professional or professional program such as medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine, or dental.

Interested in mentoring the future STEM generation?

If you are interested in mentoring a Gator Launch student, we are currently seeking qualified mentors to match with undergraduate students from the following fields: all areas of engineering, biochemistry, microbiology, education (mathematics), and geomatics. Our goal is to assist students in gaining real-world experience and self-efficacy by developing relationships with professionals in their fields. You can find more information on our Gator Launch Mentoring Program Sheet.

Questions & Further Information

For questions, please contact GatorLaunch@crc.ufl.edu.