Pharmacy Mentor Program

Pharmacy students today are facing a rapidly changing and uncertain health care environment. In response to the need for students to gain a better understanding of the wide variety of career opportunities for pharmacists, first professional year pharmacy students on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses of the University of Minnesota are offered a mentoring practice experience.  

The Pharmacy Alumni Society’s mentoring vision of 24 years ago continues at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in a very positive way today. -S. Bruce Benson, Ph.D.

By interacting one­-on-one with practicing pharmacists as mentors, students can build a strong support network and foundation for making career decisions. The mentor program provides an opportunity for students to get a first­hand look at the opportunities and challenges of a career in pharmacy during their first year of professional education.

We are always looking for new mentors who are interested in volunteering their time to educate and guide new pharmacy students.

Apply to be a mentor


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Mentor Responsibilities
As a mentor, your role is to help your student transition from college life to the workplace. Mentors do not need to be a U of M alumnus to participate.
Mentor responsibilities include:
  • To introduce first-year pharmacy students to professional career opportunities under the mentorship of pharmacists working in a variety of practice and business settings
  • To provide an observation opportunity for students and allow alumni/pharmacists an opportunity to meet students and contribute to the profession through mentoring
  • To provide each student the opportunity to develop one-on-one relationships with practicing pharmacy professionals

For more information see the Mentor Program Outline.

Students Served

First-year College of Pharmacy students on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses.

Mentor Profile

Pharmacy Alumni Society board members and Minnesota pharmacists. 

Time Commitment

Estimated 10 hours for both the Fall and Spring semesters.

Approximate number of matches

Students are matched with different mentors each semester. This includes mentors for 60 students on the Duluth campus and 108 students on the Twin Cities campus.

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Helpful information about mentoring


For more information, contact: 

S. Bruce Benson Ph.D.
5-130A Weaver-Densford Hall

Raquel Rodriguez
1-130 Weaver-Densford Hall