Graduate Peer Mentor Program (Grad PMP)


Graduate Peer Mentoring Program (Grad PMP)

The Grad PMP provides a safe place for graduate students to meet to discuss issues related to their graduate experiences and to receive information and explore identities beyond their schools or graduate groups.

The Grad PMP is designed as structured learning environments that shape students’ experiences and set the stage for peer interactions by creating opportunities where academics, emotional, social and cognitive experiences can be discussed in peer-to-peer relationships that help alleviate challenges and issues of work-life balance for all students, including non-traditional students. For additional information, please review the Graduate PMP's program objectives and learning outcomes.

Grad PMP Model

The Grad PMP is a group peer-mentoring program. The Grad PMP connects peer mentors (continuing graduate students) with peer mentees (new graduate students), and offers students a monthly speaker series and free catered lunch. Members are surveyed at the beginning of each semester for topics they want to learn about, explore and discuss.  Monthly speakers are invited to present a short 15-minute presentation on the highest-ranked topics; The remaining 45-minute lunch hour is then focused on a round-table discussion with the speaker facilitating a group discussion.  Mentors and mentees are encouraged to develop relationships outside of the one-hour monthly lunch. 

**Please note the PMP is closed for the 2015 fall semester as the max number of participants has been met.


Peer mentor - Enrolled as a second-year graduate student, at minimum, or a UC Merced postdoctoral researcher

Peer mentee - Fall 2016 incoming graduate student

Commitment and availability:

Peer mentors and peer mentees are asked to commit to the 2015-2016 program schedule. For more information, please email