Programs

Graduate School Mentorship Program

The Graduate School Mentorship Program participants for 2013-2014

The Graduate School Mentorship Program (GSMP) provides opportunities for undergraduate students to work directly with graduate students in a meaningful mentoring relationship. The mission of the GSMP is to expose undergraduate students to the graduate experience as they make decisions about post-baccalaureate study and transition from undergraduate to graduate student status. In addition, the program provides graduate students with the opportunity to develop mentoring skills as they share personal experiences with undergraduate participants.

GSMP applications for the 2014-15 academic year are available below:

Graduate Student Mentor Application [Word]
Undergraduate Student Mentee Application [Word]

Application are due at 4 p.m. on April 11, 2014

Mentors

Mentors must be in at least their second year of graduate study and will receive a stipend, payable upon completion of the program. Students selected as mentors will be expected to participate in a combination of formal and informal activities, including:

  • A mentorship training session at the beginning of the program
  • Weekly interactions of one to three hours with undergraduate participants
  • One-on-one meetings with the program staff to discuss the process
  • Participation in a program evaluation at the end of the semester
  • Providing shadowing opportunities for their undergraduate partners

Mentors and faculty members are encouraged to review several resources, such as the Mentoring at VCU Handbook [PDF], a manual developed by the University Graduate Council to address mentoring issues relevant to graduate and post-graduate training at the university. Additional resources include The Margaret F. King’s “On the Right Track: A Manual for Research Mentors,” produced by the Council of Graduate Schools and The Virginia Mentoring Partnership.

Contact us

For additional information, contact:

Kelly Brooks, program assistant or Rebecca Mayer, program assistant
Graduate School Mentorship Program
408 W. Franklin St.
P.O. Box 843051
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3051

Email: gsmp@vcu.edu