Matched Advising Program for Sophomores

The Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) is a year-long peer mentoring program that focuses on various aspects of navigating sophomore year at Brown. For the 2020-21 year, the program will coordinate:

  • Matches between sophomore mentees and junior/senior mentors.
  • Facilitated conversation opportunities for the mentor/mentee pairs.
  • An asynchronous workshop on setting goals aligned with personal values.
  • An asynchronous workshop on how to choose a concentration.
  • A workshop on what is independent research or senior capstone projects: available Winter '21.
  • Discussions about other topics such as growth mindet and reflecting on meaning and purpose.

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.


The 2020-2021 MAPS mentor and mentee applications are open and will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year! We will follow up with all mentor and mentee applicants within a week after submission of the Google form. We endeavor to match all sophmore mentees who apply.

Advising Hours:

Have questions about MAPS? Looking for general peer advising? Our regular drop-in advising hours for the semester are on Tuesdays from 10-12 pm EST, Wednesdays from 12-2 pm EST (1-3 pm on February 24th), and Thursdays 12:50-2 pm EST at this Zoom link: Please also feel welcome to write with any questions to [email protected]!

MAPS Coordinators

The 2020-21 MAPS coordinators are Bella Cavicchi '21, Hannah Lee '21, and Io Owusu-Afari '21.

MAPS Program 2020-2021

During the 2020-21 year, MAPS will operate remotely. Mentors and mentees will be encouraged to meet via Zoom, FaceTime, and other online tools, while the coordinators will use Google Classroom (an online platform accessed via your Brown email) to post resources, share program announcements, and connect mentors and mentees!

Additionally, the MAPS coordinators will host monthly workshops with opportunities for synchronous and asynchronous engagement. These workshops will be open to all sophomores.

MAPS Learning 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.


Please email [email protected] and/or use this anonymous feedback form to let us know how we’re doing or to provide suggestions on how we can improve the program!


Choosing a Concentration Workshop

Choosing a Concentration as an international student

Course Planning Worksheet

MAPS List of Campus Resources