Speed School Alliance in Mentorship (SAM)

The Speed School has partnered with Mentor Collective to offer an exciting new mentoring program for UofL’s engineering students, the Speed School Alliance in Mentorship. Students are matched with mentors who are there to offer guidance as students navigate life in college.

The Speed School’s mentoring program has two sections. The Peer Alliance in Mentorship program matches freshmen and sophomore mentees with upperclassmen student mentors. The Career Alliance in Mentorship matches upperclassmen mentees with alumni mentors working in industry.






Students are paired with someone invested in their success based on shared interests – a person ready to listen, inspire, help navigate challenges, and recognize opportunities. Students will learn what to expect in school, how to approach challenges, gain career advice and valuable insights while mentors will build their networks and develop skills to become better professionals and leaders. Mentor Collective’s online platform provides training and resources for student mentors and makes it easy for mentors and mentees to connect.

Program Expectations

Mentors and mentees are encouraged to communicate at least once a month, although pairs can communicate more frequently depending on individual preferences. Pairs can communicate in person (post-COVID), via text, video chat, and/or phone. (All participants are given anonymous phone numbers for communication).

What do mentors and mentees discuss?

  • Meeting new people and making lifelong connections with peers, faculty, and staff
  • Getting involved on campus
  • Adjusting to university-level academic expectations
  • Developing a plan for academic, social, and career success
  • Balancing the demands of a university with personal responsibilities and socializing
  • Developing and cultivating professional contacts