Getting into Graduate School (GiGS) is a collaborative partnership between the Office for Graduate Diversity (OGD), and the Graduate Assembly (GA)/Graduate Minority Outreach Recruitment & Retention (GMORR), and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) whose ultimate goal is to encourage and prepare undergraduate UC Berkeley students to select, apply, and enroll in graduate and professional schools. By engaging key staff and graduate student mentors with motivated undergraduates, we hope undergraduates leave the mentoring program with a better understanding of what the process entails and are inspired to pursue academic careers and create change in the future.
GiGS is open to all students, but is dedicated to assisting first-generation, historically underrepresented and undocumented students. Mentees are UC Berkeley juniors and seniors who work with graduate student mentors throughout the academic year to learn about graduate school, complete graduate application materials, and develop goals for post graduation plans. In addition to graduate student mentorship, GiGS mentees attend the weekly GiGS Soc.198, 1 unit, P/NP.
As a GiGS mentor you may be working with 2-3 first generation college students who are unfamiliar with the path to graduate study. Mentors meet with mentees at least 3 times per semester and maintain responsive email correspondence with mentees. Thus in many cases, graduate students will provide a holistic mentoring experience to encompass more than just academic advice.
Deadline to apply is: August 15, 2018
Selection notifications will be sent out the first week of September. Participating mentors will receive a $500 stipend per semester.