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Alumni Mentor Program gets high praise from distinguished pair

Posted on Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 — 10:42 AM

Junior Aditya Karhade and his mentor, cardiologist Andre Churchwell.

A new program dedicated to fostering meaningful relationships between Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering students and university alumni through academic, professional and personal life experiences is paying dividends for one such pairing.

Launched last fall, the VUSE Alumni Mentor Program is a reimagined mentorship structure requiring a yearlong commitment and regular one-on-one communication.

Cardiologist Andre Churchwell, senior associate dean for diversity affairs at Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine, who graduated magna cum laude in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt in 1975, heard about the program at a faculty meeting and immediately told Dean Philippe Fauchet, ‘Sign me up.’ Aditya Karhade, a junior studying biomedical engineering and neuroscience, jumped at the chance to apply for the program.

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