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Graduate Mentor Program

Program Description

The Boston College Graduate Mentor Program matches Boston College graduate and professional students with Boston College undergraduate students from low income, first generation, or underrepresented backgrounds.  The program is designed to help participants share experiences around graduate studies, how the choice was made to pursue a particular discipline, and the challenges and rewards of being a graduate student. The ultimate goal is to have participants share stories and offer support and guidance in exploring graduate work.


Any graduate or professional school student at Boston College is eligible to be a mentor.  An understanding of issues facing first generation and underrepresented college students is essential as is a willingness to share one’s own experiences in applying for and attending graduate school.  

Applications are now available and are due by 11:59pm on Sunday, September 11!  Please email with any questions.

Time Commitment

The program will run from September 2016 through April 2017. Graduate mentors are expected to attend an orientation session in the fall semester, meet with their mentees on a monthly basis, and attend at least one large-scale program hosted by the Office of Graduate Student Life each semester.

Past Events

Some past events hosted by the mentor program include an Etiquette Dinner, Winter/Holiday Social with gingerbread house making, graduate student panel discussion, and mentor/mentee excursions to local museums and colleges/universities.

Mentor Matching

Undergraduate students will be matched with a mentor based on mutual academic and personal interests. Therefore, it is important to describe your experiences and interests carefully in your application!

Learning Outcomes

Graduate students who participate in the Graduate Mentor Program as Mentors will be able to...

  • Define mentoring
  • Identify and explain at least 2-3 skills necessary for effective mentorship

Undergraduate students who participate in the Graduate Mentor Program as Mentees will be able to...​

  • Describe the graduate school application process
  • Compare and contrast the undergraduate and graduate student experiences
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Etiquette Dinner
Annual Etiquette Dinner featuring the BC Career Center