PHL1 Mentorship Program

What is PHL1?

The PHL1 program is a new program offered by the Department of Philosophy created for the purpose of fostering an interest in philosophy within a community of 1st year students enrolled in PHL100Y1 or PHL101Y1. Students in the PHL1 program will meet bi-weekly on Mondays from 3:00-4:30 in room 418 of the Jackman Humanities Building.  The meetings will be led by the Peer Mentor (PM) and Assistant Peer Mentor (APM) who are senior undergraduate philosophy students. Topics and activities for these meetings will vary at the discretion of the PM and APM, but may include the following: workshops on “Reading and Writing Philosophy”, meetings/gatherings with faculty members and grad students, field trips to a Law Firm or the ROM, or even just a fun afternoon at Snakes and Lattes.

Why should I join the PHL1 mentorship program?

In the PHL1 program, you will have a chance to meet your fellow classmates outside of your lecture and tutorials times. You will learn about what interests you share with them and have stimulating discussions on philosophy and its applications. You will not only have a chance to meet your peers, but some of our regular faculty, grad students and TA’s will also be available at the PHL1 meetings. In addition to these fun activities, we also plan to have activities that will support your learning in PHL100 and PHL101 such as helpful seminars run by the department’s essay clinician. We are also in the process of having the PHL1 mentorship added to the Co-curricular Record data base so that your participation can be recognized (pending approval).

When is the PHL1 mentorship program?

The PHL1 mentorship program will run bi-weekly on Mondays from 3:00-4:30 starting September 18, 2017 in room 418 of the Jackman Humanities Building.

What are the requirements for the PHL1 program?

We only ask that you be registered in PHL100Y1 or PHL101Y1 for the 2017-18 academic year.

How much does the PHL1 program cost?

There is no cost to you. The Department of Philosophy will be fully funding all activities for the PHL1 mentorship program.

How do I register for the PHL1 mentorship program?

Applications for the PHL1 mentorship program can be found below and will be due September 13th, 2017. Applications should be emailed to or hand delivered to the Department of Philosophy in room 403 in the Jackman Humanities Building. Please note that there are limited spots available and we will be taking students on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendance at the first session is mandatory to secure your spot in the PHL1 program.


PHL1 Mentorship Application Form (PDF File)