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Mentorship is a vital part of graduate school success and there are many opportunities across campus and beyond to be both a mentor and a mentee. A 2014 study by Gallup shows that strong mentoring relationships in college have the power to impact alumni job satisfaction after graduation. The Graduate Division is committed to supporting mentorship and we welcome your suggestions on how to strengthen opportunities at UC San Diego.

Gallup Study

Professional Mentorship

Professional associations in your field of interest often have mentorship programs; we encourage all graduate students to pursue membership to at least one professional association in their field and to seek out mentors through that group.

Find an association

Alumni Mentorship

UC San Diego Alumni Office and Career Center invite graduate and professional students to join Tritons Connect, a new mentoring and professional development system. It’s highly likely that your undergraduate institution has an alumni mentoring program as well, so be sure to check in with the alumni office at your alma mater!

Join Tritons Connect

Peer-to-Peer Mentorship

Graduate students are also welcome to seek out peer mentorship from within their academic discipline or across disciplines if an outside perspective would be valuable. The Alumni Tool on LinkedIn makes it easy to identify current UC San Diego graduate students who might share your research interests and be willing to serve as a mentor.

Departmental/Program Mentorship

As a graduate student at UC San Diego you are encouraged to seek out faculty mentors from within your department and/or program. You also are encouraged to serve as a mentor to undergraduate students! These general mentorship guidelines from the National Institutes of Health can help you get started.

Several examples of mentoring programs within UC San Diego academic departments are listed below, please check with your advisor about potential mentorship opportunities within your academic discipline.