Matched Advising Program for Sophomores

The Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) is a program for sophomores who are interested in discussing the various decisions they want to make during their sophomore year, related to how to:

  • Choose a concentration,
  • Explore career pathways,
  • Deepen their learning through self-directed research, and
  • Be better prepared for maintaining day-to-day health and wellness.

MAPS provides second-year students with a peer mentor, and the MAPS program coordinators facilitate group meetings, general awareness and access to the multitude of resources offered at Brown and the Curricular Resource Center.

By pairing second-year students with junior and senior mentors for one-on-one and group-advising support, second-year students find themselves feeling better prepared to navigate concentration choices, career and research opportunities, "sophomore slump," and more. 

MAPS Program 2018-2019

This year, we will be able to accommodate approximately 130 sophomores.  We will accept applications and make matches on a first-come basis, and take into account availability of mentors by academic divisional area (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences).

Juniors and Seniors: Passionate about advising? Be a MAPS mentor!  The application is due Monday, October 1, 2018. 

 Mentors are expected to:

  1. Meet with their mentee(s) at least once a semester-- they will receive Dining Dollars for coffee/tea meetings;
  2. Be trained on effective mentoring;
  3. Provide a bio to be featured online; and
  4. Try to volunteer for one of the MAPS panels throughout the year:
    • How to choose a concentration;
    • how to explore career pathways; 
    • how to do self-directed research; 
    • how to beat sophomore slump.

        Upcoming events related to the Matched Advising Program for Sophomores:


        MAPS November Mentor Meeting
        Saturday, November 3rd, 2-3pm, Smitty B G12, G13, G18 
        This will be the first Mentor Meeting of the year! We will do check-in’s and go over important information for mentors to share with their mentees.

        Workshop #1 - Community at Brown
        Thursday, November 8th, 5-6pm, Friedman 208
        Still feel like you haven’t found your group or community at Brown? Come hear some mentors/upperclassmen talk about their journey and struggles on finding their place on campus, even currently. Food will be provided!
        (If you are interested in being on the panel for this workshop, please fill out any or all of the guiding questions on this Google form.)

        Questions/comments/suggestions? Please email or fill out our Anonymous Google Form to let us know how we’re doing or suggestions on how we can improve our events/program!

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        Note: Sophomores must declare concentrations by April 1.

        MAPS Learning Goals:

        • Teach MAPS students to feel comfortable accessing on-campus resources and articulating what they want from their academic relationships.
        • Develop a meaningful relationship with an older student in order to gain knowledge and experience about how to make decisions and navigate choices.
        • Think critically about how to choose a concentration, explore career paths, deepen their engagement with learning, and how to see making choices as a journey/growth process.