CoBump - College of Biological Science Undergraduate Mentorship Program

The College of Biological Science Undergraduate Mentorship Program (CoBUMP) is a graduate student-led initiative in which upper-year undergraduate students interested in pursuing biological research are paired with graduate student mentors. This program began as iBUMP in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph in the spring of 2017. After 3 years of success and over 150 undergraduate students paired with graduate mentors, we have expanded to the rest of CBS, offering this mentorship program to students in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Human Health & Nutritional Science as well.  

The benefits of this program are twofold: the undergraduate students benefit from one-on-one mentorship from a current graduate student regarding the scientific research process, scholarship applications, graduate school applications, and graduate student life; the graduate students benefit from gaining valuable mentoring skills that may be difficult to gain otherwise, and can boost their chances of receiving scholarships themselves. It also provides everyone involved with opportunities to interact with other members of the CBS community, strengthening ties between the departments and fostering a sense of connectedness. 

If you have any questions or comments regarding this program, please do not to hesitate to contact the CoBUMP Committee at  

Meet the Team

Meet the coordinating team for the College of Biological Science Undergraduate Mentorship Program

The CoBUMP Committee. Top (from left): Carolyn Trombley (CoBUMP Chair), Sage Handler (Communications Officer & IB Grad Rep), Kiersten King (IB Undergrad Rep)

Middle (from left): Olivia Williams (MCB Grad Rep), Alyssa Banaag (MCB Grad Rep), Kevin MacColl (Events Coordinator & IB Grad Rep)

Bottom (from left): Meaghan Walsh (HHNS Grad Rep), Raheel Dar (HHNS Grad Rep)

Not pictured: Megan Upton (MCB Undergrad Rep) and Kristine Sondergaard (HHNS Undergrad Rep)

How to apply

Students interesterd in participating in the CoBUMP program should complete the surveys link below.

CoBUMP Mentor (grad student) application.

CoBUMP Mentee (undergraduate student) application