Mentoring Program

Substantial research supports the importance of effective mentoring as a key factor in graduate student success, beginning in graduate school and extending into the professoriate and alternative career paths. Good mentoring has been found to be especially important for the success of graduate students from underrepresented groups.  Yet, students and faculty often report challenges in developing and maintaining effective mentoring relationships.  Structured mentoring programs can help address some of these challenges.

A pilot mentoring program is being developed at the University of Miami’s Graduate School in close collaboration with students.  In this program, graduate students have two primary mentors:

1) an academic or research mentor in their department who addresses program requirements, projects and progress; and

2) a professional development mentor outside their department who addresses “big picture” issues related to career and professional competencies and opportunities.  Peer mentoring opportunities involve meetings with fellow graduate students to discuss student issues, similar to “360-degree mentoring” models.