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Graduate mentorship

As a graduate student, mentorship is an important component of your personal, academic, and professional development. Your success depends on the strength of your connections and relationships, both with peers, your faculty, and your personal and professional communities. Mentorship can dramatically bolster your success. Mentorship orients you to the expectations and norms of academia and the professional world and can help you solidify your developing professional identity. The presence (or lack) of motivational resources and support is a stronger predictor of graduate student persistence than student aptitude and is a key factor positively influencing your persistence and degree completion. 

By seeking out strong mentorship at multiple levels, you will find the resources to:

  • Create stronger connections to your peers, department, and professional communities

  • Find role models and champions to provide the encouragement and support to gain confidence and self-efficacy

  • Learn from faculty and peers’ experiences, challenges, and triumphs

The Graduate College encourages all graduate students to seek out mentoring opportunities, both within your academic unit and beyond.


Mentoring Resources for Graduate Students

  • Graduate College CIRCLES mentoring initiative. CIRCLES offers a training curriculum for departments and graduate student organizations looking to grow their own mentoring programs or practices.

  • Graduate College HUES and SHADES identity- and community-based mentoring groups. The Graduate College offers small-group mentorship opportunities for current graduate students in conjunction with its CIRCLES Mentor Leadership Development and Training Program. Groups are co-facilitated by faculty, staff, or graduate students/postdoctoral scholars currently enrolled in CIRCLES.

  • Graduate College Graduate Diversity Mentoring Program (GDMP). Recipients of the Graduate College's Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship are offered dedicated support in community development, scholarly development, and identity exploration through dedicated mentoring groups run in conjunction with the CIRCLES Mentor Leadership Development and Training program. Groups are facilitated by members of previous IEF cohorts.

Links to further ASU mentoring resources:

  • ASU Graduate Faculty Search Tool. Graduate Faculty links doctoral students with the best ASU has to offer, including research professors, scholars, and those from ASU-related affiliations, such as Mayo Clinic, TGen, Barrow Neurological Institute, and Banner Health.

  • ASU Mentor Network. With a fast-growing network of over 10,000 faculty, students and alumni, the ASU Mentor Network allows students to find peers and faculty with related academic or career interests, network with alumni and match with prospective mentors based on their individualized mentoring needs.

  • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. As a part of its inclusion and diversity initiatives, ASU is proud to be an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. The NCFDD offers a variety of webinars, training materials, and other resources ideal for faculty, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students. Individual free account activation required.

 

Mentor Training and Support

Mentorship is a proven contributor to graduate student resilience, engagement and success. However, developing strong mentoring practices or programs can be challenging. For academic units or graduate student organizations or groups looking for ways to create stronger mentoring opportunities within their areas, the Graduate College offers the CIRCLES Mentor Leadership Development and Training Program (CIRCLES in shorthand). 

CIRCLES offers a structured, easily-adapted mentoring model and training program for the development of mentoring groups.Groups can be tailored to the needs of individual united by common purpose or shared identity:

  • academic navigation

  • career exploration and development

  • interpersonal community and support

  • navigation of culture, heritages, and identities

The CIRCLES mentor leadership development and training program is open to:

  • faculty and graduate support staff in academic units

  • graduate student organizations

Join our Fall 2020 Mentor Training Cohort!

The Graduate College will be accepting a limited number of applications to join our Fall 2020 CIRCLES cohort. To be considered, application materials must be submitted by email to GradMentor@asu.edu no later than 5 p.m. on August 14, 2020

Coming in July 2020: CIRCLES Leadership Development and Training Program FAQ and application.


Find mentorship  

The Graduate College offers small-group mentorship opportunities for current graduate students in conjunction with its CIRCLES Mentor Leadership Development and Training Program. Groups are co-facilitated by faculty, staff, or graduate students/postdoctoral scholars currently enrolled in CIRCLES.

Current Groups

The Graduate College offers the following mentoring groups for Fall 2020. 

Academic-interest groups

In conjunction with academic units and graduate student organizations, the Graduate College will serve the following mentoring communities in Fall 2020:

  • Graduate Women in Engineering 

  • Sexuality and Gender Studies Graduate Student Group

Identity-based mentoring groups

ASU attracts graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from all demographics, and its scholarly communities are strengthened by diversity and inclusion of a multiplicity of perspectives and ideas. Our HUES,  and SHADES mentoring communities are designed to provide safe spaces for graduate students from underrepresented communities to engage and navigate their academic, cultural, and interpersonal identities in thoughtful, meaningful ways.

The Graduate College will be accepting applications to the following mentoring communities in Fall 2020:

  • GDMP First-generation graduate student groups

  • GDMP Nontraditional graduate student groups

  • GDMP Underrepresented minority graduate student groups

  • GDMP Sexuality and gender-interest graduate student groups

  • HUES LGBTQIA+ graduate student groups

  • SHADES African-American graduate student groups

  • SHADES Latino/a graduate student groups

  • SHADES International graduate student groups

Program details and application information coming soon. For more information on joining these groups or to join the prospective applicant waitlist for any of these groups, email gradmentor@asu.edu