What is BIOME?
The Graduate Biology Mentorship Association (BIOME) was founded in April 2013 with a mission to link graduate and undergraduate education. BIOME has graduate and senior undergraduate mentors that can provide all science students with an invaluable resource of information as mentors. For things like deciding between majors, graduate school, medical school, pharmacy school, academic and industry jobs; we all would love to help the students and share in our experiences. Many of the graduate mentors have completed their undergraduate degrees here at UC Santa Barbara and look forward to giving back.
Students are encouraged to browse our BIOME website to seek out mentors and build professional relationships with them. If you are interested in contacting a mentor, please send them an email and he/she would be more than happy to meet you or respond to questions via email!
Please contact current members of our Executive Board regarding additional inquiries.
What Do Our Mentors Do?
Designed to be high impact and low time commitment for all participating members, BIOME focuses on giving back to the younger students primarily by holding various events and seminars throughout the year. BIOME mentors are experienced in a variety of scientific disciplines and work settings both within and outside of academia; it's this diversity of experiences we draw on to help younger students achieve their goals. As a mentoring group, we aim to support and encourage each mentee we interact with to develop a career that maximizes their skills and potential. We aim to offer wisdom, knowledge, experience, constructive criticism, connections, and resources that can help students focus on their overall career direction rather than getting bogged down in day-to-day concerns.
Being a BIOME mentor offers significant personal benefits. It is personally enriching to provide an additional resource for young students while giving back to the UCSB community. BIOME allows individuals to partake in a movement to improve the communication and guidance provided to younger students - something many of us may wish we had in our earlier education.
- Graduate or senior undergraduate student in good academic standing (recent UCSB graduates may be considered).
- Diverse experiences and extracurriculars.
- A willingness and desire to foster professional growth in the younger student population.
Want to Become a Mentor?
Interested in becoming a mentor? Already a mentor, but would love to recruit some of your amazing friends? It's easy! Please email a member of our Executive Board with a short paragraph explaining why you would want to be a mentor, what you believe you can bring to the group, and attach a copy of your most recent resume. A current mentor will contact you shortly after with additional information.