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Webinar: Mentoring Graduate Students

Graduate and professional students make critical contributions to our campus. We cannot realize our institutional potential in research and teaching without them. Thus, ensuring the success of our graduate and professional students is an essential part of our mission.

One way that we can help support the success of graduate students is to assist faculty members with mentoring. The skills needed to be a good mentor are not universal and the distinctions between “advising” and “mentoring” are not always clearly recognized. Also, the needs of our graduate and professional students are quite different from those of undergraduate students. In light of the need to support good mentoring, the Graduate School is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, January 30 from 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. in the College of Nursing Auditorium (Room 201). 

As a result of participating in this webinar, attendees will: 

  • Understand the unique needs of a variety of different types of graduate students on your campus — support your graduate, professional and doctoral students in ways that are specific to their academic programs and professional goals. 
  • Recognize support structures necessary for graduate students to persist — develop strategic initiatives, including the creation of graduate student life offices, that will help your graduate students stay engaged and prepared for life outside of or after they graduate.
  • Identify key stressors of many graduate students, including finances, home/food security, social connections and career trajectory — diminish and/or alleviate these stressors through appropriate support structures and mentorship. 
  • Discuss how different identities influence the graduate experience — ensure you are meeting all of your graduate students’ needs — including those who are marginalized — so they persist and succeed. 
  • Collect feedback  from current graduate students — assess how their needs can best be supported and allocate institutional resources appropriately.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm

College of Nursing, 201
1200 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Type

Training & Workshops


Student Success


Faculty & Staff

Graduate School
Contact Name

Graduate School

Contact Email

Contact Phone

(865) 974-2475

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