How the Program Works

As a graduate student, first you register to join the network. Then:

  1. You are added to the network roster.
  2. Undergraduates who attend an Exploring Research Group Consultation are informed about the program and are offered the option to connect with graduate students who have similar research interests.
  3. When you get an email from an undergrad in the program, respond within two working days to set up a time to connect.
  4. Connect with the undergraduate student. To get the conversation rolling, you can say things like:
    • "Tell me what you are thinking of doing when you graduate."
    • "Tell me more about your interest in research."
    • "Tell me what you know about research in this field."
    • "Tell me what you know (or what you have heard) about graduate school."
  5. If you are interested in engaging a student beyond a conversation (e.g., paper discussions, mentoring through a research project related to your thesis or dissertation), communicate your interest and availability to the student as soon as possible. If you are not interested, consider introducing the undergraduate to others who may be able to support his or her interests.
  6. At the end of the semester, you will receive a survey asking how many students you met, how things went, and whether or not you will participate the following semester. We ask that you complete this survey so that we can track the number of students served and identify graduate students for outstanding service.