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Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates

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Welcome to Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates (GSMU)!

About GSMU

Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates (GSMU) is a program designed to support undergraduate students’ paths through academic life. GSMU 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
GSMU is a collaborative initiative between the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) and Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement (OISE), and serves students in the following programs:
  • Pre Professional Programs (P3)
  • OADI Research Scholars Program (ORSP)
  • McNair Scholars Program
  • New York State Opportunity Programs (NYSOP)
  • Cornell Veterans

How does GSMU work?

GSMU works to provide both structure and flexibility so that participants in the program can in engage in ways that they find meaningful. Typical programming for GSMU consists of monthly community events.

Undergraduate mentees will be matched to a mentor and meet with their mentor a minimum of two times per semester. Mentors and mentees will have the opportunity to check-in with each other at each of the GSMU events, as well as get to know other mentors and mentees in the program.

Eligibility and how to apply to be a mentee in GSMU

Undergraduate students in the following programs are invited to apply to GSMU:

  • Pre Professional Programs (P3)
  • OADI Research Scholars Program (ORSP)
  • McNair Scholars Program
  • New York State Opportunity Programs (NYSOP)
  • Cornell Veterans

Application Opens: September 12, 2023

Application Closes: September 27, 2023


Connect to a GSMU mentor

Check out the bios of our GSMU mentors. Even if you are not a participant in GSMU, mentors would be happy to connect!

Connect to a Mentor

Are you a graduate student and interested in becoming a mentor?

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

Eligible applicants must:

  • be currently enrolled, full-time graduate students or postdoctoral fellows/associates at Cornell
  • have completed at least one year in their current graduate degree program or postdoctoral position

Completed applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM EST on August 30th and consist of:

  • Completed electronic application form
  • Written personal statement
  • Current resume/CV

Mentor Application Timeline:

Application Closes: August 30, 2022

Interview Period: September 5 - 8, 2023

Notification Sent: September 11, 2023

Apply to be a Mentor 

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