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Graduate/Undergraduate Mentor Program

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WATS Department graduate student Susan Washko worked with undergraduate student Dylan Anderson on a research project as part of the WATS Department's Global Change Lab. 

About the Program

The Graduate-Undergraduate Mentor Program was created to help bridge the gap between undergraduate and graduate students within the department, and build mutually beneficial relationships between mentors and mentees. This program was designed to provide undergraduates with a trustworthy sounding board on stressful issues that could come up in the last two years of undergraduate coursework, as well as expose new undergraduates to graduate research opportunities within QCNR. 

Goals of the Program

The goal of the Graduate-Undergraduate Mentor Program is to provide an opportnity for QCNR undergraduates to work with a graduate student in their department, on issues pertaining to graduate school and entering the workforce. We have a diverse team of 7 mentors across 3 departments including ENVS, WATS, and WILD. They are available to meet with students on a one-time or regular basis. The list of mentors can be found below along with their background and areas of specialty. We encourage undergraduates with questions regarding job applications, alternative careers, or grad school processes to utilize these advisors. 

Undergraduate/Graduate Mentoring Survey

We have designed a survey to help:

  • Undergraduate students to be matched up with an appropriate mentor.
  • Faculty to gain more information about the program.
  • Graduate students to become more involved in being a mentor.

Undergraduate/Graduate Mentoring Survey

We are happy to provide current undergraduate students with the following opportunities:

  1. Advice on starting the search for graduate programs. 
  2. Help editing personal statements for graduate programs.
  3. General advice on selecting a graduate program.
  4. Help with initially contacting potential advisors.
  5. Alternatives to seeking graduate position announcements (NSF and other fellowship).
  6. Advice on how to prepare for and what to expect from graduate school.
  7. Help preparing and editing CVs and resumes. 
  8. Advice on interview skills.
  9. Mock presentations or interviews.
  10. Advice on seeking alternative careers (Americorps, Peace Corps, Conservation Corps, etc.).
  11. Advice on looking for summer/post-graduation internships. 

Unsure of how to begin? Contact our graduate/undergraduate program coordinator. Shelley is happy to help recommend a mentor, and discuss program opportunities.

Shelley Arnold

Michelle "Shelley" Arnold
Graduate/Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Contact Information
Office:  BNR 285

Department Mentor Bios and contact information

If you are interested in meeting with a Graduate Mentor, please follow the links to the department mentor bios below. You are welcome to meet with any mentor in any department.