Graduate Mentor Fellows

Honors College students have several opportunities to connect with our Honors College Graduate Mentor Fellows (GMFs), a cohort of full-time doctoral students representing a range of academic disciplines. Honors College GMFs provide mentorship within their academic area of expertise regarding topics such as writing personal statements for graduate school applications, how to get involved in research, coaching on presenting academic research, serving as content experts for Forum project teams, and more. Graduate Mentor Fellows are available through office hours as well as signature academic-focused events, giving Honors College undergraduates a rich resource and support network within their academic disciplines.

Current Graduate Mentor Fellows


Graduate Mentor Fellow

The Graduate Mentor Fellow position provides doctorate-level students with an opportunity to share their knowledge with eager undergraduates, serve in a distinguished leadership position at the Honors College, attend training on mentorship, and hone professional development skills that come with advising and service. Fellows develop a stronger sense of community with graduate students across disciplines and enjoy the experience of giving back to the university community.

Graduate Mentor Fellows (GMFs) receive training regarding services at the Honors College and broader campus as well as when and how to make appropriate referrals to resources, diversity training to prepare to work with our diverse student body, how to handle mental health concerns of students, as well as an orientation to the Honors College 4-year experience, traditions, and connections with fellow graduate students teaching our signature first-year Forum course. 

As mentors, GMFs participate in the following annual Honors College academic traditions and resources for undergraduates:

Fall Semester

1.       Annual Graduate Mentor Fellow and Teaching Fellow Mixer 

2.       How to Get Involved in Research Workshop

3.       A professional development workshop for upperclassmen on topics ranging from academic writing for publication to preparing for academic conferences

4.       How to Write a Graduate School Personal Statement, with Dean Matsuda, HC Academic Dean

Spring Semester

1.       Coaching seniors as they prepare to present their Honors College Capstone presentations 

2.       Facilitating Honors College Capstone Showcase presentation sessions, helping with Q&A and providing students with written feedback

Academic Year Office Hours: Graduate Mentor Fellows also hold office hours to advise first-year student project teams within our signature Forum course, helping students to identify knowledge gaps that they should fill, improve their presentations, and more. Upperclassmen are invited to meet with Graduate Mentor Fellows during their office hours to talk about research interests and the graduate school experience.

GMF’s have swipe access to the Honors College building after hours for the main floor of seminar rooms and lounges to use for meeting space if desired.

Time Commitment: The position runs from August 2021 - May 2022. Graduate Mentor Fellows dedicate 15-20 hours per semester to this role.
Stipend: Fellows are granted a stipend for your service. 
Selection Process: Graduate Mentor Fellows are selected through an application process.

Eligibility requirements for the Graduate Mentor Fellow position:
• be a current doctoral-level student for the full academic year 2021-2022
• have completed at least 1 year of graduate study in their research or professional degree program
• be available to commit to serving the HC community for a full academic year for 15-20 hours per semester

• be available for virtual and in-person training in Summer months as well as August/September
• be available via email for correspondence and notifications/newsletters from the Honors College

Previous Graduate Mentor Fellows 

2019 - 20

Alexandra Burr: Biomedical Engineering

Lauren Timmins: Biomedical Engineering

Rahul Upadhya: Biomedical Engineering

Angela Dao: Psychology- Behavioral & Systems Neuroscience

Courtney McDermott: Neuroscience

Kailana (Nani) Durnan: English

Anna Sandberg: Education, Culture, & Society

Brian Sengdala: Music: Musicology

Brandon Schweibenz: Biochemistry

Nanxia Zhao: Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Rebecca Cipollina: Psychology

Tin Le: Pharmacy

Tiffany Lin, HC '19: Pharmacy

Daniel Rizzolo: Toxicology

Yongjia (Nancy) Gong: Food Science/Microbiology

Tyler John: Philosophy

2018 - 19

Alex Yonk: Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Caterina Agostini: Italian

Emily Kelly-Castro: Neuroscience and Cell Biology

Jiqun Liu: Library and Information Science

Julia O'Connor: Social Work

Kailana (Nani) Durnan: English

Lauren Timmins: Biomedical Engineering

Louis Segura: Comparative Literature

Mary Alcaro: English

Michelle Doose: Epidemiology

Nirmala Thomas: Environmental Science - Exposure Science

Rachel Dickler: Learning Sciences

Rafael Vizcaino: Comparative Literature

Robyn Miranda: Food Science

Rudrani Gangopadhyay: Comparative Literature

Scott Harris: English

Thanawat Rattanawitoon: Public Health

2017 - 18

Cosmas Mwikirize: Biomedical Engineering

Caroline Pantazis: Neuroscience

Nattawan Junboonta: Theory, Organization and Policy

Na'ama Av-Shalom: Learning Sciences

Eve Reilly: Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Richard Voepel: Mathematics

Caitlin Bronson: Social and Health Psychology 

Shaojun Zhu: Computer Science 

Catie Raney: Physics & Astronomy 

Morgan Moyer: Linguistics

2016 - 17

Tawanda Hubbard: Social Work

Rachel Rubinstein: Psychology

Yilin Wu: Economics

Na'ama Av-Shalom: Learning Sciences

Nattawan Junboonta: Education Theory, Organization and Policy

Sonia Razavi: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Caroline Pantazis: Neuroscience

Cosmas Mwikirize: Biomedical Engineering

Fei Wang: Molecular Biology & Genetics

Maria Qadri: Biomedical Engineering & Quantitative Biomedicine

Urmimala Basu: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology