One of the most enriching aspects of the Scholars Program is the pairing of each Scholar with a leading academic in the Scholar’s field of investigation who serves as the Scholar’s Academic Mentor throughout the year.
Following their selection and acceptance as Sauvé Scholars, and prior to the beginning of the Award period, each new Scholar is asked to search the McGill University website and identify one or more professors who they believe might fulfill the role of Academic Mentor, assisting them in the pursuit of their goals during their academic year in Montreal.
The Executive Director of the Program then submits the Scholars’ individual requests to the McGill Dean of Graduate Studies, who in turn approaches the prospective Mentors.
Generally, Mentors assist Sauvé Scholars in the following ways:
• Advise the Scholar on the choice of courses and seminars to follow at McGill
• Advise on future studies and/or careers
• Refer the Scholar to other McGill and external resources (at the local, provincial, national or international levels) that are relevant to their interests/field of enquiry
• Suggest national and/or international conferences of interest
• Share their expertise, and, in so doing, help to expand the Scholar’s breadth of understanding and experience
All Mentors are also invited to attend a number of events (Scholars’ presentations, speakers series, book launches, receptions, etc.) during the year.
Academic Mentors meet with the Scholars at the beginning of each term and have several meetings thereafter – or more if the Scholar and Mentor mutually agree.