GradFUTURES Mentor Collective

Through the GradFUTURES mentorship program, doctoral students have ongoing access to a network of Princeton graduate alumni mentors, who offer guidance and advice across a broad range of fields. Currently enrolled graduate students are matched with a graduate alumni mentor based on common academic and professional interests, life challenges, and experiences.

Additionally, graduate students can use discussion guides and goal-setting activities to help spark meaningful conversations with their alumni mentors and others in their professional network. Topics range from time management and work-life balance to networking and job-seeking advice.

How it Works

The GradFUTURES Mentorship program:

  • Provides graduate students with a structured means of initiating and maintaining a professional relationship with a graduate alum in which to receive 1:1 advice and support regarding the challenges of doctoral education and research; professional development strategies; and referrals to others to assist in building the graduate student’s professional network;
  • Builds connections and community between Princeton graduate students and graduate alumni who share invaluable insights about their own academic and professional experiences, discuss the skills and competencies needed for career progression, and who support graduate students in navigating their own personal and professional goals during these uncertain times.

 

How it Works

Graduate students will be matched with a personal alumni mentor based on common academic interests, career goals, life challenges, and experiences. They will learn how to overcome challenges, receive career advice and develop skills to become effective leaders. Graduate students may also use the platform’s discussion guides and goal-setting activities to help spark meaningful conversations with their mentors and other professionals.

The GradFUTURES Mentorship program is intended to:

  • Provide graduate students with a structured means of initiating and maintaining a professional relationship with a graduate alum in which to receive 1:1 advice and support regarding the challenges of doctoral education and research; professional development strategies; and referrals to others to assist in building the graduate student’s professional network;
  • Build connections and community between Princeton graduate students and graduate alumni who will share invaluable insights about their own academic and professional experiences, discuss the skills and competencies needed for career progression, and who will support graduate students in navigating their own personal and professional goals during these uncertain times.

 

 

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Hear from Current and Former Mentors & Mentees!

Jonathan Aguirre, GS, SPO
Professional Development Working Group Member
"I've been most appreciative of the stimulating conversations that have motivated me to pursue research topics I would have never otherwise considered."
Marc Brahaney, *86 (ARC)
President, Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction

Marc Brahaney, Princeton ’77, *86, P19, is the owner of Princeton-based Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction which he cofounded with his…

Zoë Buonaiuto, *18 (HIS)
University Administrative Fellow

"Participating in the UAF program was one of the most formative experiences I had at Princeton. The program provided me important mentorship, a supportive community, and lasting connections that expanded my vision of what I could do post-PhD."

Elaine Enriquez, *15, SOC
Mentor, GradFUTURES Mentorship Program
"Know your options, and learn how to set yourself up for success. The old saw is true: luck favors the prepared. Don't be afraid to imagine your dream job. Prepare for it like you would anything else, and be open to surprising opportunities anywhere."
Sara Geraghty, GS, QCB

I am a rising G3 in the Quantitative and Computational Biology Department at Princeton. My research involves applying machine learning to problems…

Drew Harker, *81, SPIA
Mentor, GradFUTURES Mentorship Program

After graduating from SPIA…

Julio Herrera Estrada, *17, CEE
Applied Scientist, Descartes Labs

I am an Applied Scientist at Descartes Labs, a startup that develops software for geospatial data analyses and related solutions for businesses…

Ken Igarza, GS, NEU

Ken Igarza is an NSF-GRFP fellow in Dr. Annegret Falkner's laboratory at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI), having previously studied and…

Colette Johnson, *18, ENG
Director, Strategic Initiatives
"The programming that GradFUTURES offers is needed by graduate students, who are recognizing the broad value of their training, and want to find careers that allow them to engaged with values and career paths within and beyond the academy."
Richard Lacquement, *00, SPIA
Research Professor of National Security Affairs
"Graduate students: don't hesitate to ask others about their experiences. Growing a healthy community is a collaborative effort."
Andrea Morris, *99, MOL
Mentor, GradFUTURES Mentorship Program
"GradFUTURES has been a great way to build stronger connections to Princeton's Graduate School and also to current graduate students..."
Isabela Muci Barradas, GS, ART
GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant

I am a Ph.D. candidate at…

Freda Murck, *95, ART
Visiting Scholar, Columbia University

An historian of Chinese visual culture, Freda lived in Asia as a student and professional for more than two decades. In Taiwan she had excellent…

Graham Oppy, *90, PHI
Professor, Monash University

I am Professor of…

Lucy Partman, GS, ART
University Administrative Fellow
"I believe graduate students and PhDs can be agents of innovation, change, and leadership both inside and outside of academia."
Elena Peregrina-Salvador, *15, SPO
Mentor, GradFUTURES Mentorship Program

Dr. Elena Peregrina Salvador specializes in strategy and revenue management in the Digital/ Startups and Telecoms sectors. Currently, she works as…

Deborah Schlein, *19 (NES)
University Administrative Fellow

Deborah Schlein is the Near Eastern Studies Librarian at Princeton University Library. She received her PhD in Near Eastern Studies, also from…

Kevin Stiles, *88 (ELE)
Design Verification and Analog Modeling, XtremeEDA

After completing my degree from Princeton in 1988, I served in various roles in the semiconductor process and chip design areas. Some highlights…

Elaine Tsui, GS, CHE
GradFUTURES Fellow

Elaine Tsui is a Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry, where she studies the development of new catalytic methods in organic synthesis. Prior to coming to…

Joe Tylka, *19, MAE
Mentor, GradFUTURES Mentorship Program

Dr. Joe Tylka is a research scientist at Siemens Corporate Technology whose expertise lies in multichannel signal processing, intelligent control, and machine learning. He received his Ph.D. in 2019 from Princeton University, where his dissertation research focused on virtual navigation of measured 3D sound fields.

Akil Word-Daniels, *18, ECE
Mentor, GradFUTURES Mentorship Program

Akil Word-Daniels has held…

Ying Zhu, *03, ECE
Quantitative Researcher, WorldQuant

Ying Zhu received her Ph.D…