Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Ben Atchison

Second Advisor

Michelle Suarez


This study analyzes student perspectives of and experiences with mentoring relationships during didactic undergraduate coursework in the 4+1 Occupational Therapy Program at Western Michigan University. It follows a qualitative semi-structured phenomenological interview methodology. Four participants answered several questions and the analysts constructed and extracted several common themes; 1) mentoring is a respectful and reciprocal relationship, 2) there are different styles and approaches based on a range of factors, 3) mentorship allows a mentee to reflect, define themselves, and pay it forward in their futures, and 4) there are a variety of notable characteristics underlying strong relationships. This information has the potential to inform future approaches to mentorship within this and other undergraduate programs, as well as forms a catalyst for continued research and comparison across disciplines.

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Honors Thesis-Restricted