The purpose of this program is to create a sense of community among SoE students, showing students (especially 1st years!) that they have social, intellectual, and emotional support from fellow students around them. While our advisors are excellent resources for research and many other academic aspects of graduate student life, a fellow graduate student often knows about the “rules of the game” (e.g., the social side of graduate school, navigating the campus and the culture of the department).
Mentor students are assigned one mentee, and are expected to meet with their mentee at least once (we encourage twice) a quarter. Check-ins can be formal or informal, whatever works best for the pair (scheduled face-to-face time, casual on campus, via email, etc.). Regardless of the number of meetings mentors and mentees have, it is important that the mentor students convey that they are a resource to reach out to.