GSAS-Leadership Alliance Summer Research Program 2017: Graduate Student Mentor Application
The GSAS Office of Academic Diversity will be hiring six Graduate Student Mentors (GSM) to teach, train, and support fifteen talented underrepresented undergraduates as they conduct research at Columbia University this summer. Columbia's Summer Research Program (SRP) is run in partnership with the Leadership Alliance, a national organization dedicated to training underrepresented students to successfully enter graduate research programs. For more information on the Leadership Alliance, please visit:

The SRP organizes the incoming students into three cohorts: Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences. This year, GSAS will hire two GSMs to lead each of the three cohorts. Along with teaching weekly seminars on research, methodologies, and presentation skills, the GSMs will be responsible for attending cultural events, staffing dinners, building a supportive intellectual and interpersonal community, traveling to national conferences, and completing student- and self-assessments. GSMs will also work closely with faculty in mentoring and supporting the undergraduate scholars. The undergraduate SRP participants are required to present their research at two events: the on-campus Columbia Research Symposium and the Leadership Alliance's National Conference in Stamford, CT.

The SRP runs from June 5 through August 5, 2017. Participation also includes a mandatory orientation for Graduate Student Mentors on May 23, and participation in the Columbia and Leadership Alliance symposia. Compensation for this position is $3,000.

Being a GSM is a wonderful opportunity to develop mentoring skills, cultivate productive teaching and advising practices, support young scholars, and attain experience in programming events for students. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Isabel Geathers, Assistant Dean for Academic Diversity, at

All applications are due by March 10, 2017. Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview by March 24, and final selections will be announced by April 7, 2017.

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Do you have any experience mentoring or advising students? Please describe any formal and informal interactions in which you have supported younger scholars.
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Do you have any experience working with underrepresented students? If so, please detail.
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Can you commit to being on campus for the entirety of the Summer Research Program?
Did you participate in a summer research program as an undergraduate?
Why are you interested in participating in the Summer Research Program as a Graduate Student Mentor? Please explain why you would be a good candidate for this position.
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