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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Graduate Student Mentors for Undergraduates

The Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates (GSMU) Mentor Application is now open to continuing graduate and professional degree students and to postdocs!  Additionally, GSMU is seeking a Graduate Student Program Coordinator. (Contact Gabrielle Smith at for more info on this position.)

Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates (GSMU) program is a collaborative initiative between The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI), Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement (OISE), and Cornell Dyson Business Minors and is designed to support the scholarship and professional development of undergraduate scholars in the Pre-Professional Programs, McNair Scholars Program, OADI Research Scholars, and Cornell Dyson Business Minors.

The GSMU program strives to:

-Collectively create and maintain a safe space for the cultivation of open, authentic, and honest relationships with GSMU community members
-Inform students’ pursuit of graduate studies by exposing them to and encouraging their exploration of different disciplines and post-baccalaureate journeys
-Encourage students to reflect on their undergraduate experiences thus far and consider how to shape future experiences in service of their pursuit of graduate studies

In addition to supporting undergraduate students’ paths through academic life, GSMU aims to support graduate mentors in their own growth and development. In this vein, our objective is to support graduate mentors as they:

-Share and reflect on their experiences in order to validate mentees’ experiences, inform students and support their growth, and expand their horizons and perspectives on how to manage successes and challenges in their academic journeys
-Facilitate discussion and reflection
-Cultivate healthy and equitable relationships as mentors, colleagues, and educators