You bring the interest. We provide support and knowledge.
With one of the top engineering schools in the country and world-class faculty in 100+ areas of specialization, we have the people, the facilities and the resources to help you explore your biggest ideas.
Find the right mentor
In many cases the professional relationship you form with your mentor will influence your entire career. A mentor not only shares knowledge and skills, but also helps bridge your academic and professional careers.
- Help identify potential obstacles before they become roadblocks
- Take an interest in your career and your personal well-being
- Understand your academic and professional goals and helps you move toward them
Relationship comes before mentorship. Before you ask someone to be a mentor, get to know them. Someone who shares your research, scholarly or creative interests is a good candidate to become a mentor.
- Look for mentors who share some of your background and experiences, but take advantage of Michigan's diversity as well.
- Consider your own strengths and know where you need to grow.
- Consider your communication and work styles.
- Aim for a team of 3-4 mentors who can complement each other and help promote your success.
Working with a mentor
Be professional. Faculty members are very busy, so show up on time for meetings, come prepared and don’t overstay your appointment.
- Communicate your goals
- Agree on expectations and commitments
- Ask for professional development advice and act on it
- Be open to hearing other people’s experiences.
- Address problems immediately, and in person.
- Your perspective may not fit the academic canon in your field. Be prepared to show the value and relevance of new lines of inquiry.
Visit the Rackham website for more information on mentoring and advising.
Learn from current grad students
Considering applying to grad school? Talk to someone who’s living it.
The Lunch & Lab with a Graduate Student Program gives undergraduate students an opportunity to learn about graduate life and the application process from a current graduate student - and get a free lunch and a lab tour in the process.
The Office of Graduate Education matches students based on preferences and provides Munchie Money to pay for a meal at a Union eatery. The program runs from January-March each year. Undergrad registration is limited. First-come, first-served.
Both mentors and mentees should take the Lunch & Lab Online Survey to share their experiences.