Beyond the Master's: Lunch with a Ph.D. Student Mentoring Program

The Beyond the Master's: Lunch with a Ph.D. Student mentoring program runs from September-November.  Its purpose is to help master's students in two ways:
  • Encourage terminal master's students and/or SUGS students to continue on for a Ph.D.
  • Provide guidance for students who applied to a Ph.D. program, but were admitted into a master's program, to learn how to successfully progress into a Ph.D. program

  • Ph.D. students are asked to register by 9/5 at  Ph.D. students should have been admitted to a master's program, then moved into a Ph.D. program. 
  • Master's/SUGS students are invited to register between 9/6 and 11/11 at  Note: a limited number of students may participate in this program, so it operates on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • The Office of Graduate Education matches students based on preferences
  • The students will determine when to meet for lunch at a Union eatery
  • Lunch is FREE!  Ph.D. mentors will be provided with Munchie Money to pay for the meals
  • Mentors should review the Beyond the Master's Mentor Guide
  • Master's/SUGS students can ask questions about the difference between master's and Ph.D. programs, benefits of obtaining a Ph.D., transitioning, timeline, deadlines, tips for selecting faculty advisors, funding, work/life balance, etc.
  • The mentor may take their mentee to their lab for a tour, if possible
  • Both mentors and mentees should take the online survey to share their experiences with the program: 

Questions may be directed to Sponsored by the CoE Office of Graduate Education.