Why Mentoring?

Studies of non-traditional students in graduate programs have found that the presence of a strong mentoring relationship, or the lack of one, is the primary factor in predicting the student's success in completing a PhD program.


Roles of the Mentor:

  • A mentor serves as a role model for the scholar in the process of defining and setting professional and personal goals
  • A mentor is a resource, providing information about opportunities, procedures, methodologies, customs, and expectations of the professional and academic world
  • A mentor is a counselor offering advice, encouragement, and feedback
  • A mentor is an advocate with an interest in furthering the scholar's academic and professional career

The mentoring relationship provides a teacher, a sponsor, a guide, an advisor, a confidant, and a respected friend to the scholar.

Most McNair Scholars:

  • Are first-generation college students
  • Lack a family tradition that supports and encourages graduate education
  • Need help navigating the "hows" and "whys" of graduate education

Together, with the McNair Scholars Program, strong, committed research mentors can provide the tools and support needed for these students to succeed in graduate school.

Mentor Resources

Are you interested in becoming a faculty mentor for the McNair Scholar Program?

To be added to the pool of prospective mentors, please fill out the:

Prospective Mentor Intake Form