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MAPS Senior and Sophomore Information!

September 17, 2010

The Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS)

 What is MAPS?

Recognizing that sophomores at Brown lack a structured, peer academic advising option, in the Spring of 2009 the Curricular Resource Center and Dean of the College jointly introduced a new program geared to meet the advising needs of sophomores. The Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) pairs second-year students with senior mentors for one-on-one support related to concentration declaration, course of academic study, research opportunities, summer internships, and general counseling. In addition to one-on-one peer advising, MAPS will coordinate four panels throughout the program geared toward sophomores, and organize five focus groups that will provide MAPS mentees with a space to discuss the challenges, opportunities and experiences unique to sophomore year.

How do I Apply?

Links to the MAPS Senior and Sophomore Applications can be found on the CRC website under the MAPS tab.
If you have any questions, please contact the MAPS student coordinator, Brynn Smith, at brynn_smith@brown.edu.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 15TH.

What are the Time Commitments for Senior Mentors?

1. Attend Inaugural Brunch – November 6th

2. Speaking with mentee on monthly basis

3.Work with a team of mentors to organize an hour-long panel for mentees

 OR

 4.Work with a team of mentors to organize and facilitate an hour-long focus group for mentees

 5.Fill out Mid semester and End of year evaluation form

6. Attend a Mid Semester Welcome Back Party – January 29th or 30th

7.Attend Send Off Party  – April 6th

In order to get the most out of your MAPS mentorship, mentors are expected to fulfill all responsibilities laid out above.

 

What are the Time Commitments for Sophomore Mentees?

1. Attend Inaugural Brunch – November 6th

2. Speaking with mentor on monthly basis

3. Attend two panels (one hour in length) throughout the program

4. Attend one focus group with other MAPS mentees during the program

5. Fill out Mid semester and End of year evaluation form

6. Attend a Mid Semester Welcome Back Party – January 29th or 30th

7. Attend Send Off Party  – April 6th

In order to get the most out of your MAPS mentorship, mentees are expected to fulfill all requirements and responsibilities laid out above.

What is the MAPS Timeline this Year? Has it Changed from Last Semester?

 The MAPS program will run from the midpoint of first semester to the midpoint of second semester this year. Feedback from last year’s participants urged the program to span two semesters, instead of solely during second semester. Below is the schedule of this year’s program:

Sept 15th – Applications Posted

October 15th – Applications Due

October 18th – 22nd Senior Mentor Interviews

October 25th-27th Decisions Made

October 28th – Pairs are matched up

October 29th/30th – Decisions are sent out

November 3rd – Mentor and Mentee RSVPs Due

November 6th – Inaugural Brunch

*Since there is very little time between the brunch and the end of the year (especially with Thanksgiving break and finals) we should tentatively plan to have 1 panel before Winter break, and the other 3 upon return to campus second semester.

* Additionally, we will be holding focus groups 5 times throughout the program. Each mentee is required to come to one focus group. The dates will be set before the brunch and mentees will sign up at the brunch. If sophomores wish to come to more than one, they will need to contact the MAPS coordinator a week in advance so we can plan for space, etc. accordingly.

January 29th/30th Weekend – Mid-Year Program/Check In

April 6th – Closing Ice Cream Party

NOTE: Sophomores must declare concentrations by April 14th.

 

What are the panels all about?

MAPS mentors are required to organize and host four panels throughout the semester. Last year, the program hosted events about cultivating relationships with professors, pursuing research, and exploring study away opportunities. Depending on the topic, professors, students, deans or outside resources will be invited to sit on the panel and answer questions from the moderator and audience. Mentees from last year found the panels to be a very helpful and enjoyable aspect of the program.

            While MAPS mentees are required to attend two panels throughout the program, the panels are also open to all Brown students, and will be advertised as such.

What are focus groups? 

  At the end of MAPS pilot year, both mentees and mentors alike urged MAPS to develop a smaller, more intimate forum where MAPS mentees can interact with each other and other mentors in an informal setting. In response to last year’s feedback, this year’s MAPS program will now include a focus group requirement. Each focus group will consist of 10 mentees, and will be facilitated and organized by 3-4 MAPS mentors. The MAPS mentors facilitate discussion, asking mentees questions about various topics such as declaring a concentration, finding internships, interacting with professors, etc. While these topics are most likely going to be covered by a panel as well, the focus group gives mentees an intimate, safe space to discuss these topics, as well as their fears, hesitations, etc. about different challenges they face. The group allows for peer feedback, which can be supplemented by anecdotes and wisdom from MAPS mentors. Focus groups could also include the presence of a faculty member, dean or other outside resource.

Each mentee will be required to attend at least one focus group. If mentees wish to attend more than one, they must contact the MAPS coordinator, Brynn Smith, at brynn_smith@brown.edu, at least one week before the focus group is planned.

 

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