Become a Mentor

Mentors are students that either have more experience in the spaces or just generally want to get more involved. They are there to offer guidance to students and ensure student safety in the spaces. Emphasis is placed on being friendly and encouraging and sharing knowledge. Mentors are also in a very good position to learn from other users as they go.
Interested in becoming a mentor? Please read all of the following details regarding responsibilities and requirements for the mentor role and application, and fulfill the application components within the timelines below.
The application window for mentors for the Fall 2022 semester is currently open. Read the following to see if you would be interested in becoming a mentor, and keep an eye out here and in Slack for more information about the next application cycle!​

Mentors are students that either have more experience in the spaces or just generally want to get more involved. They are there to offer guidance to students and ensure student safety in the spaces. Emphasis is placed on being friendly and encouraging and sharing knowledge. Mentors are also in a very good position to learn from other users as they go.

Interested in becoming a mentor? Please read all of the following details regarding responsibilities and requirements for the mentor role and application, and fulfill the application components within the timelines below.

Why become a mentor?

  • You will receive swipe access to the spaces for the semester, in addition to using it to open the spaces while you’re on duty, you are able to use them any other time Benedum is open, as long as you continue following all safety rules
  • Each semester of mentoring counts as one credit towards the Innovation, Product Design, and Entrepreneurship Certificate, up to three credits
  • Free stuff! At the end of the semester we give each mentor a cool gift in appreciation for their hard work. Each additional semester you mentor you’ll receive a different gift!
  • Past gifts have included T-shirts and Arduino kits, sweatshirts, overalls or bomber jackets with Makerspace patches, and for the most seasoned mentors, new 3D printers!
  • It’s a great addition to your resume! Graduate schools and employers will be impressed with the initiative it takes to be a mentor and become an expert on some of our machines
  • See the cool projects other students are working on! Between XProjects, class projects, senior design, clubs, and personal projects you’ll see a wide range of amazing things getting made in the spaces!
  • Read the testimonials from mentors from past semesters for more insight on what’s great about being a mentor!

Mentor Responsibilites

Application Requirements

If you haven’t completed both trainings yet, don’t worry, just email Stu McCutchen, our Mentor Manager at scm80@pitt.edu to set up training during the application window

Dates to Know

Application deadline: 11:59 on Friday, April 22nd
Interview window: Monday, April 11th - Friday, April 22nd

Application Details

New Mentors:  fill out the mentor application form here!
The mentor application consists of: