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Mentoring

Mentoring Guides

Mentor Memos

A series of guides related to mentoring
Mentor Memos

Upcoming Events

For a list of upcoming mentoring and professional development events, check out the Graduate School events page.


A mentor is more than an adviser. A mentor provides you with wisdom, technical knowledge, assistance, support, empathy and respect throughout, and often beyond, your graduate career. Mentoring helps students understand how their ambitions fit into graduate education, department life and career choices.

An effective mentoring relationship develops over time. The student benefits from the mentor’s support, skills, wisdom and coaching. Later, both people deepen their working relationship, perhaps collaborating on projects in which the student develops into a junior colleague.

After a while, the mentee may need some separation from the mentor to test his or her own ideas. This distancing is a sign that the mentoring relationship is maturing and providing the mentee with the skills needed to function independently. Finally, both mentee and mentor may redefine their relationship as one of equals, characterized over time by informal contact and mutual assistance, thus becoming true professional colleagues.

Mentoring Resources

Mentoring Guides

How to obtain the mentoring you need: A guide for graduate students

How to mentor graduate students: A guide for faculty


Mentor Memos

Mentor Memos provide practical tips for navigating graduate studies successfully. Memos focus especially on issues that UW graduate students may not learn about from other sources. We hope you like Mentor Memos and invite your participation in this ongoing, grassroots project.

What do you think of Mentor Memos? Are there other topics that would help you? Would you like to be considered for writing a Mentor Memo? For more information and to suggest topics, contact Graduate School Communications Director Elizabeth Lowry, elowry@uw.edu or 206-685-6793.


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