Graduate Alum Mentorship Program

Build connections and community!

Envision your future(s) with insight from a trusted mentor who has been there.
Ruth Gotian chat with graduate students at a Business Skills for Ph.D.s in Academia and Beyond

Dr. Ruth Gotian in conversation with graduate students. Photo: Sameer A. Khan

The GradFUTURES Graduate Alum Mentorship Program builds connections and community between Princeton graduate students and graduate alums who share invaluable insights about their academic and professional experiences, discuss the skills and competencies needed for career progression, and support you in navigating your own personal and professional goals during these uncertain times. Our growing network of mentors offer guidance and advice across a broad range of fields.

How It Works

You will be matched with a mentor based on common academic and professional interests, life challenges, and experiences. Through 1:1 dialogue, you will learn how to overcome challenges, receive career advice, and develop skills to become an effective leader. You may also use the platform’s discussion guides and goal-setting activities to help spark meaningful conversations with mentors and other professionals. Topics range from time management and work-life balance to networking and job-seeking advice. The program is intended to:

  • Provide a structured means of initiating and maintaining a professional relationship with a graduate alum.
  • Offer 1:1 advice and support regarding the challenges of doctoral education, along with research and professional development strategies.
  • Facilitate referrals to others to assist in building your professional network.
  • Build connections and community between Princeton graduate students and graduate alums.

Join the GradFUTURES Graduate Alum Mentorship Program!

Graduate Alums: We are Currently Recruiting Mentors!

To participate as a continuing or new mentor, please fill out this form. Thank you!

Be a Mentor

Graduate Students: Mentee Applications are Open!

To participate as a new or continuing mentee, please fill out this short form.

Find a Mentor


Drew Harker
“I was fortunate to have several mentors who contributed significantly to my professional development. Both in the Senate and in private law practice, and I have enjoyed working with GradFUTURES to establish a mentorship program matching interested graduate students and graduate school alumni who want to give back to Princeton... My advice to graduate students? Be proactive. Your professional development is too important to leave to someone else. You would be surprised how helpful people will be if you ask them for help and guidance."

Drew Harker, *81, SPIA, Founding Mentor, Graduate Alum Mentorship Program

Seraya Jones
“I am first-gen, so I thought it would be great to have some guidance or mentorship from someone who went through the graduate school at Princeton and knew … what it took, what to expect. I feel like it’s helping the next generation. It’s paving the way forward for someone else."

Seraya Jones, GS, MOL

Jonathan Aguirre
“Participating in the GradFUTURES Mentorship Program is one of the highlights of my Princeton education. The conversations I had with my mentor changed my perspectives on my research and career prospects. I really appreciated the thought and effort my mentor invested to help me develop my professional aptitudes."

Jonathan Aguirre, *22 (SPO), Vice President, User Experience Research Lead, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

“The GradFUTURES mentorship program connected me with an outstanding alumni mentor in Washington, D.C. who has helped show me the value of Ph.D. scientists in government and policymaking... Through my mentor, I could get up close and personal to a field, organization, and potential career trajectory that I otherwise would not have had access to.” 

Evan Ostrowski, GS, CBE

Current and Former Mentors & Mentees

Jonathan Aguirre, GS, SPO
Vice President, User Experience Research Lead, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Marc Brahaney *86, ARC
President, Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction
Michelle Burke
University Relations Director, Mentor Collective
Elaine Enriquez *15, SOC
UX Researcher (Manager) at Google
Drew Harker *81, SPIA
Mentor, GradFUTURES Mentorship Program
Julio Herrera Estrada *17, CEE
Applied Scientist, Descartes Labs
Shannon Hoffman, GS, CBE
Professional Development Associate 2022
Ken Igarza, GS, NEU
NSF-GRFP fellow, Falkner Lab, Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Anna Jacobson, GS, QCB
President, Princeton Citizen Scientists
Colette Johnson *18, ENG
Chief Program Officer and Director of Operations, Freedom Reads
Richard Lacquement *00, SPIA
Research Professor of National Security Affairs
Hope Littwin, GS, MUS
Graduate Student, Department of Music (Music Composition)
Andrea Morris *99, MOL
Assistant Dean and Director, Career & Professional Development, Rockefeller University
Isabela Muci Barradas, GS, ART
GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant
Freda Murck *95, ART
Visiting Scholar, Columbia University
Graham Oppy *90, PHI
Professor, Monash University
Noel Park, GS, MOL
Social Impact Fellow
Lucy Partman *21, ART
Founder, Partman Strategies LLC
Elena Peregrina-Salvador *15, SPO
Head of Group Finance Platform & Consumer Financing Products, Vodafone
Mika Provata-Carlone *02, COL
Independent Scholar, Translator, Editorial Consultant and Illustrator, Contributing Editor at Bookanista
Ingeborg Rocker *10, ARC
Senior Executive, Dassault Systemes, Owner (GAIN-X)
Deborah Schlein *19, NES
Near Eastern Studies Librarian, Princeton University Library
Kevin Stiles *88, ELE
Design Verification and Analog Modeling, XtremeEDA
Hansen Tjo, GS, CBE
Professional Development Associate 2023-24
Elaine Tsui, GS, CHE
GradFUTURES Fellow
Joe Tylka *19, MAE
Research Scientist, Siemens Corporate Technology
Raghuveer Vinukollu *11, CEE
Head - Climate Insights & Advisory, Munich Re US
Akil Word-Daniels *18, ECE
Program Manager and Risk Analyst, Microsoft
Ying Zhu *03, ECE
Quantitative Researcher, WorldQuant
Raghuveer photo
“The GradFUTURES Mentorship Program is an excellent framework for current students to connect with their fellow Princeton Graduate alumni. My mentorship journey with my mentee, a highly motivated PhD candidate, has been truly rewarding... Her dedication to staying engaged, taking initiative, and executing on the mutually agreed strategies added a dynamic and productive aspect to the experience. This level of enthusiasm is something new and continuing mentees can take inspiration from, reminding them of the importance of proactive involvement and genuine passion in the mentorship process.” 

Raghuveer Vinukollu *11, CEE, Head - Climate Insights and Advisory, Munich Re US