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Mentoring & Advising

The following links are a collection of resources from KU departments and peer institutions around the mentoring and advising of graduate students. These resources are guides and templates to support departments in developing their own forms, guides, and tools. If you have any questions or would like support in developing resources for your department, please contact and we would be happy to help!


The following are guides developed by other institutions that many students and faculty have been helpful in developing strong mentoring programs and relationships

Resource: Faculty Mentoring Guide (University of Michigan) » The Rackham Graduate School’s mentoring guide for faculty, How to Mentor Graduate Students: A Guide for Faculty, has proven to be a popular item for two decades; it has been requested, adopted, and adapted by graduate students, faculty, and staff around the country. Improving the quality of mentoring available to our students, as well as providing resources for both students and faculty, remains a top priority for Rackham.

Resource: How to Get the Mentoring You Want: A Guide for Graduate Students » A companion to The Rackham Graduate School's mentoring guide for faculty. This guide was developed specifically for graduate students and was recently updated. We have found this guide to be very helpful for new students in terms of developing strong mentoring relationships, how to show up as a good mentee, and helping students establish appropriate expectations from their mentors. Other topics include: strategies for underrepresented students and helping students transition from student to colleague. 

Resource: Faculty Mentoring Guide (University of Washington)»   This guide will help faculty members enhance their knowledge of the mentoring process—the elements, roles and stages of development associated with it – along with strategies for nurturing rewarding relationships with graduate students. Because mentoring is a two-way street, we have also developed a companion guide for graduate students. Mentoring is the key to success for all those involved in graduate education, and we hope these resources will be useful for faculty, students and staff alike.


The following are tools developed by the College Office of Graduate Affairs and College academic departments to support effective mentoring and advising.

Resource: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Annual Review Forms - This is the form currently used by KU's Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. The form includes guidelines for students in establishing their preliminary advising committees (new students), research advisory committees (continuing students), and the annual evaluation form for assessing progress over the year, professional and academic activities, and a graduate student assessment form for the student to assess support from the department.

Resource: Mentoring Agreement - This is a template agreement developed by the College Office of Graduate Affairs (word document). This Agreement is a tool that may be used by department faculty to support mentoring relationships with graduate students who have reached the thesis/dissertation stage of their program.  We encourage faculty to consider using it as soon as the student has completed their formal coursework requirements.

Resource: The Global Postgraduate Diversity Resource - A resource created by the Council of Graduate Schools, with support from the Educational Testing Service, developed to help universities improve their diversity and inclusion programming. Tools include essays on pressing issues in the field of postgraduate education, research articles, syllabi, and videos.