Graduate Students

Graduate Student Mentors provide mentorship through about the expectations of graduate school to McNair Scholars.

 In 2014, the McNair Program began awarding Graduate Student Mentors. For the 2017 year, Shannin Moody (Human Development and Family Studies) and Therin Young (Mechanical Engineering were awarded for their mentorship. Shannin mentored Mouhamad Diallo, who noted she "keeps him on task and provides helpful tips on everything from time management, potential opportunities, and what life is like outside of the Mechanical Engineering Department." Therin Young, mentor to Jocelyn Jackson, has been instrumental in the McNair experience. Jocelyn described Therin has "given her the confidence she needed in order to feel like she is deserving of graduate school."

We thank our gradaute student mentors for all of their assistance with our scholars. 

2016 Awardee: Michael Martinez (Political Science).

2015 Awardees: Alexia Angton (Sociology) and Shanise Walker (Math).

2014 Awardee: Christopher Groves (Counseling Psychology).


Are you interested in becoming a Graduate Student Mentor to a McNair Scholar?

The Iowa State University McNair Graduate Student Mentoring Program pairs graduate students and McNair Scholars to create a beneficial peer mentoring relationship. Each Scholar is required to have a graduate student mentor, confirmed in the first semester.

Graduate students serve as mentors for individual Scholars by providing exposure to the implicit and explicit expectations of earning a doctorate degree, as well as assisting Scholars in completing components of the McNair program. This mentoring opportunity allows McNair Scholars to learn about those unique aspects of graduate study that make it distinct from the undergraduate experience.  This McNair mentoring component is a great asset, as it also helps graduate students in developing peer mentoring skills and experience.

Program Requirements for Interested Graduate Students:

  • Be available for a minimum of one academic year.
  • Attend mandatory informational session.
  • Meet with your McNair Scholar a minimum of 1-2 times per month.
  • Complete an end-of-the-semester evaluation of mentorship progress.
  • Attend Social/Cultural activities of the McNair Program, as available.

Full participation in the requirements of the program is necessary to assist Scholars in developing as a prospective graduate student, as well as maintaining McNair program objectives and goals.

Potential Ideas for Activities or Discussions for Mentors:

  • Graduate school preparation assistance.
  • Research project assistance.
  • Attending graduate classes.
  • Collaborating on teaching experiences.
  • Participating in seminars and departmental research colloquia.
  • Attending meetings of graduate professional organizations, journal groups, lab sessions and other academic gatherings for graduate students and faculty.
  • Discussing discipline specific graduate study and career development.
  • Attending state, regional or national conferences run by professional organizations.

If you are interested in learning more or becoming a graduate student mentor, please let us know by completing the interest form here.