The School of Social Sciences believes that one of the keys to success and well-being in graduate school is cascading mentorship. Traditional models of graduate training seem to expect a student’s faculty advisor to provide all of the informational, social-emotional, and instrumental support that a student needs. (Think of Yoda and Luke Skywalker doing Jedi training in a swamp.)
In the UCI Cascading Mentorship model, students are invited to join with a small group of peers and near-peers (i.e., more senior graduate students) for weekly meetings. (Think of penguins huddling in the Antarctic.) Groups work together on research planning, academic writing, presentation skills, and the art of staying sane, happy, and healthy in graduate school.
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