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Graduate Student Mentor Program

Come Join Changing Gears!

Who are we?

  • We connect incoming transfer students primarily from community colleges to graduate mentors from across all disciplines!
  • The graduate mentors are matched with transfer students, and help them acclimate to the University of Michigan through one-on-one meetings, group activities, workshops, and research projects.
  • Mentors expose students to graduate school and inform them of graduate school processes, procedures, and professional opportunities.

Why join?

  • Strengthen leadership skills
  • The opportunity to provide knowledge and resources to community college students who only have two years to complete their degree (thus, information and time is of the essence).
  • Research and mentoring experience looks great when applying to post-doctoral and faculty positions at any university.
  • An avenue to share with students the value in conducting research.
  • The hours and time commitment are flexible.
  • The UROP office is an inclusive, diverse, and fun community.


Contact Dr. Michelle Ferrez for information at