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Mentoring at the Graduate College

One of the most essential elements of a quality graduate education is the opportunity it offers for connection—to a diverse graduate population, to broader communities of practice and resources, and to faculty and postdoctoral scholars. The GradConnect Mentoring Network offers this and more, providing interpersonal support and academic and career-focused guidance needed to successfully integrate interpersonal and academic identities while also navigating career pathways.

Why is mentoring important?

The success of ASU graduate students depends on the strength of the connections and relationships they form during their time here. Mentorship can dramatically bolster graduate student persistence, orient students to the expectations and norms of academia and the professional world, and help them solidify their developing scholarly identities. The presence (or lack) of motivational resources and support like faculty mentorship is a stronger predictor of graduate student success than student aptitude.

Four key ways mentorship affects graduate students

The Graduate College has identified four key ways in which mentorship affects the experiences, perceptions and outcomes of graduate students

  • Mentorship creates durable networks in which students may learn from the experiences, challenges and triumphs of others
  • Mentorship creates durable networks in which students may find role models and support
  • Mentorship fosters connection and affinity to a department, institution, and professional community
  • Mentorship provides encouragement and support, helping students gain confidence and intellectual self-efficacy 

Mentoring Resources for Graduate Students

ASU’s scholarly communities are strengthened by diversity and inclusion of a multiplicity of perspectives and ideas. The GradConnect Mentoring Network offers both mentoring opportunities for graduate students and mentor training resources for graduate students interested in becoming mentors.

Resources for Faculty Who Mentor Graduate Students

Fostering strong paraprofessional relationships with faculty allows graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to network and prepare for careers. The GradConnect Mentoring Network has resources geared to help faculty and staff navigate the graduate mentoring relationship.