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Mentoring Resources

Mentoring can have an important influence on every student's academic and professional development. Sometimes guidance from a mentor is life changing; other times it is simply reassuring and affirming. 

Graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to be mentored — by faculty, staff, or more advanced students — and to be a mentor — to more junior graduate students, to undergrads, or to high school students.  Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Courses and Discussion Groups


Meet peers and mentors in your field through Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and Women in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (WISSH). Groups meet weekly for 90 minutes and are led by a facilitator.

Learn more about WISE and WISSH

The Mechanical Engineering Women's Group

Among other activities, the Mechanical Engineering Women's Group sponsors a weekly Winter Quarter seminar featuring female leaders in engineering fields (ENG 311A). Open to everyone.

Learn more about ME Women

Mentoring Programs

Stanford Alumni Mentoring

Stanford Alumni Mentoring (SAM) connects graduate students with alumni near and far.

Learn more about Stanford Alumni Mentoring

WISE Ventures

A joint initiative with the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, WISE Ventures serves as a catalyst connecting research, resources, and innovation across campus toward ensuring Stanford is the institution of choice for all STEM scholars.

Learn more about WISE Ventures

Association for Women in Science

Stanford has a membership with the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) that gives students access to many valuable programs and mentors.

Visit the Association for Women in Science webpage