First-year Mentor Program

Fall at Iowa State
"Fall at Iowa State" by Kathleen Raymon

Each incoming PhD student of color is invited to participate in our mentoring program. You would choose a more senior PhD student as well as a faculty/staff member as your two mentors.

The goals of program are to:

  • Partner with new students as they transition to graduate school
  • Provide support on issues that are happening in their lives
  • Improve the likelihood of new students flourishing at ISU

For Fall 2011, we have nineteen mentoring groups established. Each mentor participated in a training workshop to discuss the challenges faced by incoming students and ways that mentoring can help. Social events are also key: we kicked off the partnerships with a celebratory welcome event at Dean Ogilvies’ home.