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Advising and Mentoring Pilot Program

About the Initiative

The Graduate Studies Advising and Mentoring Pilot Program assesses advising best practices and tools to enhance and foster a culture of support within graduate programs. This program serves graduate programs across all disciplines and repurposes the MCT Wakeham Fellowship funds, providing each participating program with $10,000 in internal fellowship funds to support their graduate students. Each participating program selects three new advising or mentoring resources to offer for the academic year across multiple categories (such as, mentorship, navigating graduate school, career development).  Each new resource will be assessed by participating students to provide feedback to the program and Graduate Studies. The program serves to develop and shape advising and mentoring resources and provide increased advising and financial support to graduate students.  You can view the resources created on our Program Resources page.


Programs choose three activities from three different categories. In order to increase advising and mentoring resources within programs, each activity selected had to represent a resource new to the program never offered in previous years. The category options were:

  • Graduate Program Advisors 
  • Mentorship
  • Navigating Graduate School
  • Qualifying Exam Preparation
  • Thesis/dissertation Writing
  • Mental Health
  • Professional Development
  • Financial Support

2020-2021 Cohort

Participating Graduate Programs:

  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Education
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • History
  • Horticulture and Agronomy 
  • Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Physics