Have you ever thought about mentoring an undergrad? Published: November 21, 2011 By: Dick Cortén The ASUC Undergraduate/Graduate Mentorship Program (UGMP) provides an opportunity for graduate students to mentor undergraduate students considering the pursuit of an advanced academic degree. The graduate student will offer advice and answers to the undergraduate who is interested in gaining more knowledge about his/her academic field of interest, the graduate school process, or just about future academic endeavors. As part of the program, undergraduate students will have a chance to attend and participate in speaker panels and workshops directed towards providing undergraduates with information about graduate school. Graduate student mentors are, of course, encouraged to be a part of these panels, but will not be required to do so while being a mentor. This is a great chance for graduate students to explore and learn about a mentorship relationship, which will be beneficial later in their faculty-graduate student mentorships. In addition, the graduate would be able to offer guidance and wisdom to younger peers. Who doesn’t enjoy sharing all the ins and outs that they learned to get where they are now — and have fun and build relationships with other students on campus at the same time? So Apply Now! Applications will be due in late January, and the program will begin in February of Spring 2012 with a mixer to introduce the undergraduate and graduate students to one another and allow them to mingle and, ideally, find the right mentor/mentee. The UGMP is on Facebook. Contact with any questions. The ASUC’s aims for the program are: to enhance the Cal student community’s academic potential; to close the gap between undergraduate and graduate education; and to continue the academic success of this university.