Become a Mentor

Applications are now open and are due March 15th at 11:59PM!

Thank you for your interest in mentoring a GOALS scholar during the 2019-2020 school year! Please read the following information before applying. When you are ready you may apply via Google forms using this link.

About the GOALS mentorship program

Ongoing mentorship during the year following the summer research trip is an important part of the GOALS experience. GOALS scholars will be paired with a mentor from GOALS (UCD graduate student, undergraduate student, or staff). The purpose of this mentoring relationship is to provide scholars with resources and guidance during their transition after high school graduation, whether they are going to college or pursuing a different education/work route. Topics will include deadlines for applications/scholarships, highlighting resources (FAFSA, etc), STEM career path ideas, and encouragement. GOALS will provide all mentors with a training workshop, mentorship resources, and support.

Selection process

Any UCD graduate student, undergraduate student, or staff interested in becoming a mentor will write a 200-word personal bio (see below). These bios will be provided to GOALS scholars, who will choose their top three choices for mentors. Final pairing will be done by the GOALS mentorship committee. Therefore, you will be notified after scholars have been accepted into the program. You can expect to hear from us in mid April. 

Requirements for mentors

    • Attend mentorship workshop (half day in June, date TBD)
    • Attend pre-trip orientation hike (June 15, 2019) to meet mentee and family
    • Bi-monthly in-person meetings after trip (starting Sept) with availability by text/email/phone for questions arising between meetings
  • Submit feedback on the mentoring process/resources and what went well or didn’t

How to apply: 

Give us a tagline to put above your bio that describes what you do (this should be both serious and playful!). Then give us a few key words to describe your work.

Write a conversational piece that includes the following key points:

  •    Research focus
  •    Current program
  •    Prior education/background (brief)
  •    Some personal details
  •    What motivates/inspires you
  •    What you’re great at

These should be FUN, not just a reading of your resume! Highlight your personality and why a 10th grader would think you’re cool. Try to limit yourself to 200 words!

Apply via Google Forms here.

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2018 scholar, Shevah, with her mentor, Maureen, at the GOALS symposium