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Get to Know your Mentor
Tips for Getting Started

You are bound to have so many questions for your mentor, you may not know where to start. You will meet with your mentor twice per month for your junior and senior year. We have provided below some topics to consider discussing with your mentor.

- Prepare and ask relevant questions.

- Be respectful of your mentor’s time and experience.

- Afterwards, ask yourself what you learned from the meeting and how you can apply your new

Questions to Consider

GRE Prep

  • How much will the GRE and prep cost me?
  • Are there any books/materials you suggest?
  • Are there any workshops online or in-person you suggest?
  • What are your study tips?
  • Should I get a tutor?

Paying for Graduate School

  • What kinds of scholarships can I apply for while in graduate school?
  • Is HOPE still an option in graduate school?
  • How can McNair help me with attending a graduate school?
  • I’ve heard that some doctoral programs will pay you to go to school, how does this work?

Application/Graduate School in General

  • How do I know if a program is accredited?
  • Should I pursue a Master degree? Or go straight to a Doctoral program?
  • What are the types of experiences I can expect in a graduate program?
  • How big are the class/cohort sizes?
  • Where do I look for acceptance rates?
  • What are the different kinds of programs that schools can offer?
  • What do graduate program internships look like?
  • What are the differences in research in the programs I’m interested in?

Mentorship in General

  • Tell me about a recent setback and how you recovered?
  • What do you wish you knew at my stage?
  • What’s the most effective daily habit you possess?
  • Do you have a mentor? How have they influenced you?
  • How and where do you find inspiration?
  • Do you have any books that you would suggest I read?
  • How do you spend most of your time?
  • How can I help you?
  • Is this where you thought you would end up?
  • What used to be your biggest weaknesses? 
  • What are you most proud of?

Career Objectives

  • What’s the best advice you can give to help plan a career rather than simply work to keep a job?
  • Who else would you recommend I connect with?
  • How do you keep your feelings separate from your decision-making?
  • How do you balance your work and home life?
  • How best do you network in your field?
  • What kinds of pages should I be following to know what is most current?
  • What should my LinkedIn look like?
  • What are your best interviewing tips?
  • What kinds of conferences should I consider attending? And how do I get discounted rates?


  • What must I do to be academically competitive for entrance into the programs I want?
  • What may disqualify me?
  • What kinds of real world experience do I need to attend the program I want?
  • What professional organizations are you associated with and in what ways? 
  • Who should I contact to have them look over my resume or CV?
  • Are there any certifications I should get to make me stand out?
  • What sorts of hard skills are employers looking for?
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