"Be the engineer you needed when you were younger"
Maria "Ceci" Quiñones

Success is never achieved alone. Often, we rely on the guidance of others to get to the destination we aim towards. With the goal of developing advanced and innovative leaders in STEM, our Grad MentorSHPE program facilitates mentoring relationships for achieving professional, academic, and personal goals of both undergraduate and graduate participants through motivation, perseverance, and reflection.

Grad MentorSHPE

This mentorship program aims to expose and prepare undergraduates for advanced degree programs through peer mentoring. For graduate students, this program is a mentorship opportunity to increase minority participation in advanced degree programs, applicable to both professional and research based paths.

We base our motivations in SHPE National’s mission to establish a platform to increase minority participation and success at the graduate academic level.

Why be involved?

For Undergraduates

Get paired with a grad student in a program of your interest (professional or research-based)

Gain experience with writing for admission and funding applications

Learn strategies for obtaining strong recommendations and goal setting

Obtain insight for the next steps in your academic career

For Graduate Students

Develop leadership skills through empowerment and accountability

Reflect on personal experiences and skills

Promote academic success and diversity of minorities in STEM

Build new relationships within our Chapter with other graduate students

For All Participants

Attend workshops to improve mentoring and communication skills

Learn from experienced advisors

Opportunities to network with University staff and Company representatives

Event Schedule (Fall 2020)

For accessibility, workshop recordings are available here.

Event Name Speaker(s) Time & Date Location
Google Panel: Impacting Careers from Advanced Degrees Patricia Florissi, Carlos Castro Herrera Tuesday 9/15, 6:00-7:30pm CST Google Meet [RSVP]
Launching into Your Career with Aerospace Corporation TBD Thursday 10/22, 5:00-6:30pm CST Zoom
More coming soon!

Event Schedule (Spring 2020)

Event Name Speaker(s) Time & Date Location
The Importance of Mentoring Ivan Favila, Assistant Dean in The Grainger College of Engineering Friday 2/21, 3:00-5:00pm EH 106B3
How to Select the Right Graduate Program Gabriela Vargas, Research Programs Coordinator in The Graduate College Thursday 3/12, 4:00-5:00pm MSEB 119
Panel: Overcoming Challenges in Switching Fields * Cancelled due to COVID-19 * Thursday 4/16, 7:00-8:00pm -

Program Stats

In its launch semester (Spring 2020), Grad MentorSHPE had 11 participants ranging from freshmen to graduate students.

Among the 6 graduate student mentors, 5 had experience with mentoring and 1 earned their first mentorship experience.

Interested in participating? Message Federico: shpe.uiuc.ga @ gmail.com