Peer-2-Peer (P2P) Mentoring Program

P2P Mentorship Program

The P2P Mentorship program is an initiative by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) with an aim to support and strengthen retention. The program will serve as a peer-to-peer mentoring program for 1st and 2nd year PhD graduate students and mentors will be 3rd and 4th year PhD students. Participants will have the opportunity to build community and expand their professional network in an informal setting with optional topic questions to guide discussions. The topics are simply suggested to support engaging conversations; however, mentors and mentees are encouraged to set goals and discuss topics of their choice.


  • Program will run from October to May
  • Mentors/Mentees are encouraged to meet once a month with optional topics to guide discussion
  • The P2P Mentorship Program operates in an asynchronous format intended to be flexible in order to accommodate each participants unique schedule 
  • Community building opportunities will be available to connect across groups

Questions about the program? Contact Program Manager for Graduate Studies, Marlena Yang at

Calendar Year Timeline Overview

September: Application Opens
October: Peer Mentors Assigned
October: 1st Peer Mentor Meeting
November: 2nd Peer Mentor Meeting
December: 3rd Peer Mentor Meeting
January/February: 4th Peer Mentor Meeting
March/April: 5th Peer Mentor Meeting 
May: P2P Lunch and Final Evaluation

[A major takeaway from the mentorship experience was] relief from imposter syndrome because I had someone to talk to that relates to the challenges I've faced in my second year. I also learned that I shouldn’t feel bad about asking for help more than I do. I really enjoyed this experience and would like to be involved as a mentor next year. - P2P Participant

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