Become an In2science mentor
In2science is an innovative and proven multi-university program that places volunteer science, maths, engineering and health students as 'peer mentors' in year 8 and 9 science and maths classes. Sharing the passion that led you to university can inspire the next generation.
Gain skills while motivating others
In2science mentors visit a science/maths class once a week over 10 weeks, helping students with their work and sharing their experiences of studying at university. By becoming an In2science mentor, you can inspire secondary students while gaining:
- communication and interpersonal skills
- leadership experience
- exposure to a classroom environment from a new perspective
- recognition of volunteering through the La Trobe Volunteering Award program
- satisfaction that you are making a difference in the community.
In2science mentors work with secondary school science or maths students for a 10 week period throughout the university semester. Working with the classroom teacher, the mentors help students, share their own experiences and motivations for studying at university, and relate schoolwork to real-world examples. In2science has two delivery methods:
Mentors are paired with one class and visit the school for one period/session each week. Mentors help the students with their learning in a small group or whole class setting. During periods of remote learning, In2science provides flexible, tailored support for students via online mentoring. The time each mentor spends in the school varies from placement to placement, as some may be a single (50-70 minutes) or double (1.5 hours) period.
An innovative online mentoring program that connects secondary school students in regional Victoria with eMentors over an interactive platform
All new In2science mentors must attend a pre-placement training session, usually held prior to the commencement of the university semester, as well as a mid-placement training session. These training sessions will give you to skills to make the most impact in your placement and to share your experiences with other mentors.
Prior to commencing, In2science mentors must complete a Working With Children Check application or update their existing Working With Children Check with In2science's details.
Who can become an In2science mentor?
To become an In2science mentor, you must:
- be enrolled in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) course at La Trobe University
- have completed at least one year of study (120 credit points) at university
In2science partners with secondary schools in Melbourne, Bendigo, Shepparton, Mildura and Albury-Wodonga.
Find out more and apply
Learn more about the In2science program and apply to become a mentor at www.in2science.org.au.