The Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program helps traditionally underrepresented students in graduate programs reach personal and professional success as they navigate the higher education journey. Our program is unique in that we primarily serve first-generation students, women in STEM fields, and racial and ethnic minorities.

The Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program utilizes a team approach to mentor graduate students who are currently pursuing or plan to pursue doctoral studies. Program participants are matched with faculty mentors and a graduate student peer mentor. The primary aim of the mentoring program is to help graduate students acquire the personal and professional skills needed for success in their future careers. Through a comprehensive approach, the Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program addresses the academic and social needs imperative for success in a graduate program and beyond.

The Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program helps create an effective social and academic support system for students through this team mentoring; academic, wellness, and career-oriented symposiums and workshops; and both formal and informal social events.

A key part of the Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program is the professional development series. Please do check out our schedule. 

Responsibilities/Expectations

  1. Attend The Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program Orientation.
  2. Meet with faculty mentor at least once a month and communicate with peer mentor at least once a month.
  3. Communicate regularly with faculty and peer mentors via email and/or phone.
  4. Communicate with Hillary Duong, Coordinator of the Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program, on a bi-weekly basis about problems/concerns/questions, etc.
  5. Adhere to the Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program Participation Agreement.
  6. Attend other events that faculty and peer mentor schedule.
  7. Participate in the Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program symposium sessions (on-campus).
  8. Participate in program evaluation activities (e.g., surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.)

Optional Activities

  1. Attend sponsored social events.

Financial Incentive

All current mentees are eligible for a $200 scholarship from the Graduate School upon completion of the program. Please contact the Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program Coordinator with questions or additional information.

Responsibilities/Expectations

  1. Attend the Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program Orientation.
  2. Arrange a meeting with mentee at least once a month for the academic year.
  3. Be accessible to your mentee via phone, email, etc.
  4. Communicate with Hillary Duong, Coordinator of The Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program, or Andrew Goodliffe, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, about problems/concerns/questions related to the progress of your mentee.
  5. Include mentee in appropriate college/departmental/program/professional activities or events that would enhance the professional and academic development of mentee.

Optional Activities

  1. Attend sponsored social events with mentee.
  2. Attend professional development workshops sponsored by Tide Together.

Peer Mentoring Responsibilities/Expectations

  1. Attend the Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program Orientation.
  2. Arrange a meeting with mentee at least once a month.
  3. Be accessible to your mentee via phone, email, etc.
  4. Communicate with Hillary Duong, Coordinator of the Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program, or Andrew Goodliffe, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, about problems/concerns/questions related to the progress of your mentee.
  5. Include mentee in appropriate college/departmental/program/professional activities or events that would enhance the professional and academic development of mentee.

Optional Activities

  1. Attend sponsored social events with mentee.
  2. Attend professional development workshops sponsored by the Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program.

Financial Incentive

All peer mentors are eligible for a $200 scholarship from the Graduate School upon completion of the program. Please contact the Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program Coordinato with questions or additional information.

Benefits of the Tide Together Graduate Mentor Program

  • A supportive mentoring team
  • Connection to other graduate students
  • Professional development seminars and networking events
  • Financial incentives for research and travel

Requirements

  • You must be admitted into a doctoral or MFA program at The University of Alabama – We will consider masters students if they have clear plan to enter a doctoral program upon graduation.
  • You must be a first-generation college student, belong to an underrepresented minority group and/or be a female in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering or mathematics)

How do I apply?