VCU's Graduate Student Mentor Application
The Graduate School Mentorship Program (GSMP) provides opportunities for undergraduate students to work directly with graduate students in a meaningful mentoring relationship. The mission of the GSMP is to expose undergraduate students to the graduate experience as they make decisions about post-baccalaureate study and transition from undergraduate to graduate student status. In addition, the program provides graduate students with the opportunity to develop mentoring skills as they share personal experiences with undergraduate participants. Preference is given to those who have not been mentors before and who are not pre-matched.

Application Deadline: May 15th

Mentor Requirements

- Attend and actively participate in all GSMP meetings
- Program Orientation – Early September
- GSMP Meeting – November
- GSMP Meeting – Late January
- GSMP Meeting - April
- Community Service Project- Each semester the mentors and mentees will volunteer as a group at a community service event (date and location TBD).
- Meet in person for one to three hours each week
- Complete all program surveys and check-ins
- Attend two special program events (TBD)
- Provide shadowing/networking opportunities for their undergraduate students

Materials you will need for the application:

- Student GPA
- A written statement (no more than one page/500 words) regarding your interest in mentorship and why you believe you are a strong candidate for this program.
- Identify someone to be your reference who can speak to any personal attributes important to the role as mentor.

Please feel free to contact Portia Newman, Program Coordinator, at or (804) 827-4544 with questions.

Name *
Student ID (V-number)
Telephone number
VCU email address
Current degree program
Current cumulative GPA
Current cumulative GPA
Have you ever been a mentor?
Have you ever worked with a mentor? When did you work with a mentor? What was the outcome?
If you answered yes to the previous question, please answer the following. What mentor program did you participate in? What year did you participate?
What was the outcome of the mentoring?
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