- Introduce Yourself.
Dear Dean’s Alumni Ambassador Mentor, (personalize this),
Hello! My name is (add your name here) and I am a P(1) at UB’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. I wanted to reach out to you because I have been paired as your mentee as part of the Dean's Alumni Ambassador Mentor program.
I want to share a little bit about myself. I am from (insert location) and I completed 2 years of undergraduate studies through UB's Early Assurance Program (personalize this) before entering pharmacy school. I currently work at (personalize this) as a pharmacy technician, but in the future I hope to complete a residency and possibly working in a hospital.
I understand your busy schedule but it would be greatly appreciated if you could take some time to guide me in pursuing my current interests: community, research (bench or clinical), clinical pharmacy, and academia (personalize this).
I look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your interests. I am available to connect by phone, email or in-person, whichever is more convenient for you.
Thank you for your time.
PharmD Candidate, Class of ____
University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Add any student organizations
- Be professional. When you are reaching out to a potential mentor, make sure you use formal communication styles. Even if you are writing the email from your phone, do not use text abbreviations.
- Get together. Develop a relationship with simple activities like walks across campus, informal conversations over coffee, attending a lecture together – this will help to develop rapport.
- Be punctual. If meeting in person, present yourself on time and prepared with research and questions. Be respectful of the mentor’s time.
- Be courteous. If you are meeting your mentor for a meal or snack, it is expected that you will pay for your share.
- Build your network. You may also ask your mentor if they know someone else you might speak with about the career field in order to build your network.
- Take notes. Write down some basic notes about your meeting such as the name and title of the mentor, date of the meeting, and what was discussed.
- Follow up. Send your mentor a thank you note. Express your appreciation for the assistance you received and mention one or two specifically helpful points. Keep in touch with your mentor! When you make a decision about your career choice, or you find a position, share your news.
For additional help, consider attending workshops on using LinkedIn and networking. See Life and Learning Workshops.
Note: Mentors do NOT tutor or provide academic advisement. If you need academic support or crisis counseling, contact Karl Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean.