This primary goal of the graduate-undergraduate mentoring program is to expose undergraduates to the graduate schoolexperience by connecting them with a graduate student in the field they are interested in. With over 70 mentors and counting, Dartmouth undergraduates interested in going to graduate school and prospective students wanting to learn more about it, have an approachable resource if they eventually decide to apply. For graduate students is an opportunity to be a “low pressure” mentor to someone who could one day be a colleague.
We also hold periodic workshops and discussions about graduate school including deciding on a program, applying, interviewing, mentoring and what graduate school is all about, so keep an eye on our upcoming events below! These are also good opportunities to connect with a graduate or undergraduate student in your field of interest.
If you would like to participate as a graduate or undergraduate student, find out how below! You can also read our full statement of purpose here.
SUGGESTED MENTORING FORMATS
Each graduate-undergraduate pair will decide on the format of your mentoring relationship.
- Email/ Phone Q&A: You can exchange specific questions and answers over email
- Meet over coffee: You can simply meet for an informal cup of coffee and see where things go from there. It’s okay if the extent of the mentoring is nothing more than a single chat. It may also turn into a more long-lasting mentor-mentee relationship.
- Shadowing: If the graduate student is willing, you can set up a shadowing day in the lab or office for an afternoon to provide get a sense of what it’s like being in graduate school.
We also have a list of suggested talking points to get the conversation started!
G-U PROGRAM RESOURCES (QUICK LINKS)
Mentor database (for mentees)
G-U match survey (for mentors)
FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
To connect with a mentor simply check out the mentor database and email a graduate student to set something up. They have all volunteered to be mentors and are excitedly waiting to hear from you!
Ever wonder what graduate school is like and if it’s right for you? Do you have questions about how to apply and what you need to do to become a competitive and successful candidate? The Dartmouth Graduate-Undergraduate Mentoring Program might be for you! The primary goal is to connect you with a graduate student in the field you are considering. This will provide you with a “low pressure” mentor to get advice and answers to specific questions that could be useful if you eventually decide to apply. The two of you can simply meet over coffee or you could spend some time shadowing your graduate mentor to see what they do first hand, the nature of the mentoring is entirely up to each undergraduate-graduate pair!
FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
This is an opportunity to work closely with an undergraduate and gain experience as an advisor and mentor, roles all of us will be required to take on as we continue in academia and beyond. Our graduate community here at Dartmouth is a fantastic resource filled with tons of valuable information and guidance for undergraduates starting to think about their post-graduation plans. This resource remains largely untapped but we hope to change that! In addition to helping undergraduates with the complex process of choosing and applying to graduate school, this program is a fantastic way to let the campus (and beyond) know that Dartmouth has amazing graduate students greatly contributing to the school’s reputation as a world-class teaching institution.
The way the program works is simple: if you would like to make yourself available as a graduate mentor, simply email Marie Onakomaiya or Max Mehlman and tell us what program/ department you’re in and a quick sentence regarding your research focus. You will be added to the mentor database that is provided to the undergraduates and from there it is up to them to email you. Once you have been contacted by and met with an undergraduate, please take a minute and fill out our brief survey so we can keep track of the program’s progress.