Doctoral Peer Mentoring

All first-year doctoral students are matched with a more senior doctoral student Peer Mentor, to ensure guaranteed peer support to incoming students.

Doctoral Student Peer Mentors are active and engaged students who have completed at least one year of coursework. They are trained to help incoming students transition to Stevens and to guide them through the peaks and valleys of their doctoral studies.

Mentors connect with mentees both informally and formally, through in-person events, social activities, academic programming, and email communication. Mentors form meaningful relationships with their mentees by providing them with information, support, and encouragement.

Doctoral Student Peer Mentors are also encouraged to design and facilitate campus-wide professional development sessions for their fellow doctoral students.

Mentor Matching

Mentors are assigned based on academic program. Incoming doctoral students will be notified of their mentor assignment via email shortly before New Ph.D. Student Orientation. Incoming students will meet their mentor for the first time at orientation. Students will be notified of additional in-person events for Doctoral Student Mentors and Mentees.

Becoming a Doctoral Student Peer Mentor

In order to be considered to be a Doctoral Student Peer Mentor, you must be enrolled full-time, have completed at least one academic year, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Mentors will have excellent communication, leadership, and group facilitation skills. Mentors must be committed to seeing incoming students succeed, while remaining in-tune with common stressors and struggles that doctoral students experience.

To learn more about the application timeline, time commitment, eligibility requirements, and expectations of the Doctoral Student Peer Mentoring Program, please visit this page on the Stevens Hub.