The BME PhD Peer Mentoring Program was founded in Fall 2016. The program matches each first year BME PhD student (mentee) with a more senior BME PhD student (mentor) in different research areas.
The program involves:
- 1) Monthly allowance
- Mentor and mentee meet up for coffee or light meal
- 2) September launch event
- Introduce mentor-mentee pairs
- Introduce program and outline expectations
- 3) December dinner
- End the fall semester with a group dinner
- 4) March or April mindfulness workshop and lunch
- A guest speaker leads a workshop on mindfulness: “the development of a particular kind of attention, characterized by a nonjudgmental awareness, openness, curiosity, and acceptance of internal and external present experiences, which allows practitioners to act more reflectively rather than impulsively” (Chiesa 2009).
- 5) Faculty AMA series
- Open conversations with BME faculty about their careers, the lessons they learned on their path to Duke, and any other non-research topics.
Email question/comments to:
- For matches with 1 mentor + 1 mentee…
- 3 lunches per semester
- $25 per lunch total including tip/tax
- For matches with 2 mentors + 1 mentee…
- 4 lunches for the mentee per semester
- For each of the 4 lunches, you have two options:
- Option 1: Use $25 per lunch total including tip/tax if meeting in a pair
- Option 2: Use $40 per lunch total including tip/tax if meeting as a trio
- You may go off campus, but no alcohol.
- Either the mentor or the mentee pays for the meal; faster reimbursement if you’re on Duke@Work (~2 weeks); otherwise, paper form takes ~1 month and check will need to be picked up at Smith Warehouse
- Meeting virtually with separate meals is acceptable for 2021 as long as reimbursements are submitted together
- Send to Alice Kessing:
- Subject: “Mentoring lunch”
- Names of attendees (first and last)
- Name of payer
- PDF with itemized receipt (scan or photo) + total receipt (with tip) if applicable.