The Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) is a program designed for sophomores interested in discussing the various decisions they want to make during their sophomore year. This may include:
- Choosing a concentration,
- Exploring career pathways,
- Deepening their learning through self-directed research, and
- Being 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 variety 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.
Interested in being a Mentor or Mentee?
Click on the application links below! The deadline for mentor applications is mid-September, and the deadline for mentee applications is early September. Exact deadlines will be announced at the beginning of the '19-'20 Academic year.
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).
Mentors are expected to:
- Commitment to your mentee’s academic and personal development
- Meet with your mentee(s) at least once a semester
- Attend monthly mentor meetings
- Encourage your mentee to attend MAPS workshops
Past events hosted by the Matched Advising Program for Sophomores:
MAPS Mentee Reception
MAPS Mentor/Mentee Kick-Off Event
Welcome Back! Spring Reception
Workshop #1 - Community at Brown
Workshop #2 - Test-Taking Anxiety/Self-Care
Workshop #3 - Choosing a Concentration
Workshop #4 - Ask a Professor!
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.
MAPS Open Hours: TBA