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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. For 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, you will participate in three 1.5-hr career development seminars each semester and communicate with your mentor at least three times per semester, in person and via phone/Skype. In the spring 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 two components to your application.

  1. Application Form: Complete the application online here. The application includes personal information and short essay questions.

  2. Resume: We will need a current version of your resume. It should be a maximum of one page. Please submit your resume to GatorLaunch@crc.ufl.edu.

Application Submission and Deadline

Applications are to be completed online. Please send only your resume to GatorLaunch@crc.ufl.edu.

The deadline for submitting your application is May 31, 2015. 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 all areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Our goal is to assist students in gaining real-world experience and self-efficacy by developing relationships with professionals in their fields.

If you are interested in being a mentor, please complete this form.

Questions & Further Information

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