Mentorship

The concept of mentorship is broad and applies both to those who seek quality mentorship and those who wish to become better mentors themselves. Graduate students may find that they need both as they juggle academic work with teaching responsibilities and career development during their time at UNH. What does mentorship mean to you? Explore our resources and contact the UNH Graduate School with any suggestions on what can help you thrive as a member of our community.


  • Nathan Harris
    What does mentorship mean to you?

    "Mentorship is my guiding light, especially when there is fog. Mentorship has provided calm when times are turbulent. Good mentorship is a blessing." - Nathan Harris, Graduate Assitant and Ph.D. Student in Education

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Guidance for Mentors and Mentees

The Peer Mentorship Program's goal is to enhance the UNH graduate experience by connecng underrepresented minority graduate students with willing mentors, including post-docs and experienced students. The underlying premise is that mentorship can often get lost in the shuffle of classwork and research, and we believe that this kind of relationship is essenal to graduate student success.  We create mentoring pods, pairing up groups with similar degrees of interest as best as possible. The mentors and mentees are asked to meet at least once a month, either in person or virtual. The mentors and mentees also take part in a training session on being a mentee and mentor, led by Dovev Levine.

If you are interested in becoming either a peer mentor or mentee, then please complete this brief questionnaire to help us conduct matching as close as possible to your discipline and interests. Please note that you may indicate if you wish to be mentored, serve as a mentee, or both.

The Graduate School has offered a three-part series where faculty, current and former graduate students, and academic advisors from the Graduate School talk about good mentoring and how to establish and maintain this relationship. You can go to the Mentorship Series to find three video recordings and all related documents.

The Council of Graduate Schools' (CGS) Great Mentoring in Graduate School Guide is designed for graduate students, but also contains information that faculty members may find helpful when it comes to mentoring students. 

Graduate students will find helpful information in this Career Column article from Nature on best practices for communicating with their advisor. 

Nature Mentoring is an online resource offering advice and support to scientist mentors and their mentees. This collection is a mix of relevant articles from Nature Careers, profiles of Nature's annual Mentoring in Science award winners, and relevant blog posts from Naturejobs' global community of  scientists working across academic, industry, and other sectors.

Helpful Example Documents

Effective communication between Mentors and Mentees is a crucial part of student success in graduate school. Departments often provide outlines to help facilitate conversations and determine responsibilities for all parties involved. Please view this helpful example Graduate Student Mentoring Compact document from the UNH Department of Natural Resources and the Environment.

Annual check-ins help ensure that students are making adequate progress in their program and helps keep them on track and up-to-date with important deadlines. Please view this example of an annual progress report from the UNH Department of Biological Sciences.