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Mentoring Opportunities

The Graduate Division partners with campus departments to sponsor and support innovative mentoring programs for graduate and undergraduate students. We raise awareness of the key importance of mentoring by acknowledging and awarding best practices in mentoring by and for graduate students and faculty. Read about our mentoring opportunities, mentoring courses, and our mentoring awards.

Below are mentoring programs for current graduate students who wish to serve as mentors.

Student Mentoring & Research Teams (SMART)

Unique to Berkeley, the SURF-SMART (Student Mentoring and Research Teams) program engages doctoral students in creating mentored research opportunities for undergraduate students. The program is designed to broaden the professional development of doctoral candidates while fostering research skills and opening paths to advanced studies for undergraduates. Graduate student mentors and undergraduate student mentees receive stipends for their research efforts.

Learn more about SURF-SMART


Getting into Graduate School (GiGS)

Getting into Grad School (GiGS) is a collaborative partnership between the Office of Graduate Diversity and the Graduate Assembly (GA). Its goal is to prepare undergraduate UC Berkeley students to select, apply to, and enroll in graduate school. By working with key staff and graduate student mentors, motivated undergraduates are inspired to pursue academic careers as they acquire a better understanding of how to succeed in the graduate school application process.

About GiGS


Berkeley Connect

Undergraduates at Berkeley increasingly wish for a more intimate and supportive academic experience, one in which they can be part of an intellectual community comprising faculty, graduate students, their fellow undergraduates, and alumni/ae.

Berkeley Connect provides this experience by placing participants in small discussion groups assigned to a graduate mentor, who is responsible for group meetings and one-on-one advising. The program includes informal lectures by professors, visits to Berkeley resources, panel discussions of career opportunities and graduate school, and social events in which professors, graduate students, and undergraduates can talk informally about intellectual issues.

About Berkeley Connect