The Tide Together Mentoring 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.

Tide Together 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 program addresses the academic and social needs imperative for success in a graduate program and beyond.

Tide Together 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.

Responsibilities/Expectations

  1. Attend the Tide Together 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 Kathryn Robison, Coordinator of Tide Together, on a bi-weekly basis about problems/concerns/questions, etc.
  5. Adhere to the Tide Together Participation Agreement.
  6. Attend other events that faculty and peer mentor schedule.
  7. Participate in the Tide Together bootcamp 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 travel stipend from the Graduate School to help fund a conference or other professional activity. Please contact the Tide Together Coordinator with questions or additional information.

Responsibilities/Expectations

  1. Attend the Tide Together 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 Kathryn Robison, Coordinator of Tide Together, 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.

Financial Incentive

All faculty mentors are eligible for a $200 travel stipend from the Graduate School to help fund a conference or other professional activity in which you accompany your mentee.

Peer Mentoring Responsibilities/Expectations

  1. Attend the Tide Together 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 Kathryn Robison, Coordinator of Tide Together, 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.

Financial Incentive

All peer mentors are eligible for a $200 travel stipend from the Graduate School to help fund a conference or other professional activity in which you are presenting research.

Benefits of Tide Together

  • 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?

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