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Student Mentorship Program

Are you about to begin your studies at INRS in a regular program? You can take advantage of our student mentorship program for newly arrived students.

Two ways to take advantage of the Mentorship Program

Request a personalized pairing

The personalized pairing allows all students who will begin their first semester in a regular program to be accompanied by a mentor. Everyone who is registered in a short-term program, a graduate certificate, a professional master’s degree or a research master’s or doctoral program can benefit from the personalized pairing.


• Facilitate your integration at INRS and in Quebec
• Answer your questions and direct you to the right resources
• Allow you to create a knowledge network at INRS
• Facilitate your full participation in academic life

First contact

To obtain a pairing you must send a request to A mentor will be assigned to you in the days that follow. For international students, you must first have received your study permit.


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Pairing is based on the preferred language of communication; the background and previous experiences; and the program of study and the research team. The mentee can withdraw from mentoring, request a change of mentor, or decline an activity proposed by the mentor.

Use the on-call Mentorship Team

You don’t have a mentor and you have specific questions? You feel alone and want to know the next activities in your center? Contact the on-call student mentor of your centre. This person will be able to answer your questions or refer you to the right resources!

AFSB Centre

PhD in biology

Spoken languages:
French / English

EMT Centre

PhD in Energy Sciences – Varennes

Spoken languagues:
French / English

Peyman Pour Mohammadi

PhD in Telecommunications – Bonaventure

Spoken languages:
English / Persian

ETE Centre

PhD in Water Sciences

Spoken languagues:
French / English

PhD in Water Sciences

Spoken languages:
English / Hindi / Tamoul / Télougou

UCS Centre

PhD in Urban Studies

Spoken languages:

How to mentor students

Have you been studying at INRS for a few semesters? Do you want to get involved in your university? Do you think that newcomers need to be supported?

To be a mentor means:

  • Supporting new students for 2 or 3 semesters to help them adapt, take their place and create a network in their new environment.
  • Adding a rewarding and formative action to your own experiences.
  • Above all, about helping, creating links and animating your living environment.

This is a volunteer commitment, but a letter of recognition along with a $500 scholarship will acknowledge the participation of all mentors afterwards! To support you in this role, you will receive a short training as well as coaching.

Terms of references and mentor roles

Normally, the term begins with fall semester and lasts for three semesters. It is renewable. New mentees are assigned to mentors for the winter semester. The main role of mentors is to help mentees socialize and get them involved, as well as to guide him/her to the right support person. To do this, they must:

  • Communicate with them at the agreed-upon frequency.
  • Respect the mentor’s code of ethics.
  • Act in accordance with their training and the limits of their mandate.

During their mandate, mentors are supervised and can always refer to their centre mentorship supervisor.

Would you rather not be mentored? Would you like to change mentors? Contact the mentoring supervisor at

Mentors supervisors per centre

Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie Research Centre

Amélie Côté

Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre

Thérèse Kanyange

Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre

Mathilde Renaud

Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre

Héloïse Roy


To qualify as a mentor, you must:

  • Not be in a situation of failing.
  • Have been a graduate student at INRS for at least 1 year at the time of starting the mentorship.
  • Continue your studies at INRS for at least two semesters in the next academic year.

Required characteristics

Mentors should:

  • Have an interest in welcoming new students.
  • Socialize easily.
  • Have the time to meet with 3 to 4 new mentees each semester, remotely or in person, and answer their questions.

How to submit your application

By 2023, May 1st, applicants should send the following items to

  1. A first email addressing these four elements:
  • Their motivation to be a mentor and the skills that will enable them to play this role;
  • Whether their intention is to be part of:
    • a) The On-Call Team – which will have fewer individual pairings, but is committing to participate in some activities with the new students and answer their questions;
    • b) The Regular Team – who will only have one-on-one pairings;

• The list of languages in which she or he is fluent and can do the mentorship.

  1. Those enrolled in a program of study with research must also notify their research supervisor of their application by email and copy

Have questions? Please contact us!