Graduate Students Mentors

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

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. Graduate Student Mentor expectations include:

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

    If you are interested in learning more or becoming a Graduate Student Mentor, please let us know by completing the interest form here.

    Graduate Student Mentor of the Year Award 

    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 graduate student mentors for all of their assistance with our scholars!

    Past Recipients

    2016 Awardee: Michael Martinez, Political Science.

    2015 Awardees: Alexia Angton, Sociology, and Shanise Walker, Math.

    2014 Awardee: Christopher Groves, Counseling Psychology.