The Grad Student Perspective

The Graduate School recognizes the value of mentoring in graduate education and recommends that graduate students actively seek mentoring relationship with faculty members. Different mentors may provide different types of assistance, so we recommend students and have multiple faculty members (as well as professionals outside the academy) to whom they can look for advice and guidance. Mentors should introduce students and postdocs other people in their field, teach norms and best practices of their discipline, and work with them to create an Individual Development Plan(external link-University of Wisconsin).

The links below provide information and resources on a number of topics related to the mentoring. Importantly, The UTEP Center for Faculty Leadership and Development facilitates professional development activities related to mentoring, so check their schedule often. The National Postdoctoral Association provides a Toolkit on Mentoring, which includes articles, mentoring plan templates, and other resources for protégés and their mentors.  In order to access these valuable resources, graduate students, faculty, staff, and postdocs can apply for Affiliate membership by clicking here and using their UTEP email address.


MentorNet (STEM)

UTEP is partnering with MentorNet to provide UTEP students with access to one-to-one, guided virtual mentoring designed to support advancement in STEM fields and equipped to meet the needs of UTEP students. Graduate students can click here to register and be matched with mentors who are UTEP alumni. Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who are interested in connecting with mentors or mentees in the national MentorNet program should visit



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