Matched Advising Program for Sophomores

The Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) is a year-long peer mentoring program designed for sophomores which focuses on various aspects of navigating sophomore year at Brown. This may include:

  • Choosing a concentration
  • Exploring career options
  • Deepening engagement within the Brown community
  • Enhancing learning through self-directed research
  • Improving day-to-day health and wellness

MAPS pairs interested sophomore students with junior or senior peer mentors, provides opportunities to engage throughout the year with faculty and upperclassmen with various lived experiences, and facilitates awareness of and access to the variety of academic and personal resources offered at the Curricular Resource Center and at Brown in general.

By pairing second-year students with upperclassmen mentors for one-on-one and group-advising support, MAPS enables sophomores to feel better prepared to navigate concentration choices, career and research opportunities, "sophomore slump," and more.

MAPS Coordinators

The 2019-2020 MAPS coordinators are Peter SimpsonIlayda Top, and Elliot Youth.  Read their bios here!

If you are a current MAPS mentee or mentor and have questions about the program (or are simply curious and would like to learn more about it!), feel free to email [email protected] .

***Given our need to move to remote advising, we will post our adjusted schedule soon. Thank you for your patience.***


MAPS Program 2019-2020

This year, MAPS has paired over 170 sophomores mentees across all major academic divisions at Brown (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences) with over 100 junior and senior mentors!

Find our Facebook group for the 2019-2020 program here.

The MAPS coordinators have planned a variety of academic and social events for this academic year:

  • October: MAPS Mentor-Mentee Fall Kickoff (see picture below!)
  • November: Summer Opportunities, FIRe, and Leave-Taking Roundtable
    (in partnership with the FIRe and Leave-Taking coordinators at the CRC)
  • December: End-of-Semester Cookie Decorating/De-Stress Event
  • February: Study/Internship Abroad Panel
  • March: Concentration Selection & Declaration Workshop
  • AprilSemester IV Concentration Declaration Deadline (Wed., April 1st)
  • May: End-of-Semester Celebration

Mentors and mentees meet up over snacks during the MAPS fall kickoff

MAPS Goals for Mentees:

  • Increase comfort with accessing on-campus resources and articulating wants and needs from academic/advising relationships.
  • Develop a meaningful mentoring relationship with an older student in order to gain knowledge and experience about navigating decisions and choices that arise in sophomore year and beyond.
  • Think critically about choosing a concentration, exploring career paths, deepening engagement with learning, and making choices as a journey/growth process.

Questions/comments/suggestions?

Please email [email protected] or fill out our anonymous Google form to let us know how we’re doing or provide suggestions on how we can improve the program!