Graduate student mentors are paired one-on-one with undergraduate student mentees to assist in their preparation for and transition to graduate school. Mentors provide advice and perspective on both the academic and personal side of their mentees' decisions. Mentors also meet with one another to develop their mentoring ability and address mentee concerns as a team.


Mentors primarily help their mentees decide if graduate school is right for them, and then help them prepare for graduate school. However, mentors must also be adept at working with students on a personal level.

Mentors do not tackle these issues alone. Mentors spend as much or more of their time in this program engaging with small groups to support one another and improve their mentoring craft.


  1. Mentors are pursuing or have recently obtained an advanced degree from an accredited university.
  2. Mentors have strong interpersonal skills and enjoy working with others.
  3. Mentors have experience successfully working with undergrads or have demonstrated the soft skills necessary to do so.


On average, NSP:GUMI mentors should plan to spend about three hours per month interacting with other mentors and working with their mentee. The breakdown of time requirements is as follows:

  • 1 hour meeting with a student
  • 30 minutes preparing for meetings
  • 30 minutes writing about meetings
  • 1 hour in small group meetings

Responsibility for moderating small group meetings rotates among all mentors. Thus mentors should plan for an additional hour prepareing for and writing about meeting two to three times per year.

We are not currently accepting applications for new mentors (but if you are really, really interested contact us and we'll talk).


NSP:GUMI mentees have invited a mentor to share in their academic journey and, by doing so, have entered into a partnership. As partners in their education, they have a responsibility to be serious about their academic commitments and open and honest with themselves and their mentors.


Mentees should plan to spend one hour each month with their mentor. These meetings are meant to be low-stress, low-key interactions to provide students with the opportunity to share their concerns and update their mentor on what is going on in their lives, and prepare for their future.

We are not accepting applications at this time.