The Graduate Student Mentorship Program facilitates first-year graduate students transition to UCR, Riverside, and graduate student life. All incoming PhD and MFA students are invited to participate.

Structure of the Program

Each mentee is assigned to a mentoring “family” which includes 1-3 other first-year students and a peer mentor from a related field. Two to three families are then put into a “team” with a faculty mentor. Finally, two to three teams in related disciplines interact in “groups.” The purpose of this structure is to allow the largest possible network of mentoring for each first-year mentee.

What the Program Entails

For mentees, the program begins with a comprehensive three-day orientation introducing them to graduate study at UCR and the various campus resources available to them. Throughout the year, mentees will meet with their peer mentors individually, in families, or in teams weekly. They will also have the opportunity to meet with the other mentees, their faculty mentors, and their larger mentoring group once per quarter.