Mentoring Information

If you’re wondering how to get the most out of your mentoring relationship with your major professor or are preparing yourself to be a mentor in the future, you’ve come to the right place. Explore these resources below or talk to your major professor or others about opportunities to mentor undergraduate student researchers.

Mentoring Handbook: For Graduate School and Beyond

Set a career plan with your advisor based on the mentoring handbook.

Semester Goal Planning Template

Use this goal planning worksheet to outline your goals for the semester with your research advisor or mentor.


MentorNet aims to provide ALL STEM students in the United States with access to effective mentorships in a vibrant community committed to student success; to develop a scalable mentoring platform that combines the technology of social networks with the social science of mentoring; and to deliver evidence-based programs that address the critical issues impacting STEM student success.

Engineering Academic Career Club

The goal of the Engineering Academic Career Club is to establish a community to bring graduate students together who have the drive and passion of continuing onto academic careers (postdocs, teaching faculty, and/or research faculty). In this organization, we aim to give graduate students the opportunity, tools, and resources to actively shape their success in future academic careers.

Mentoring, Advising, and Reporting

One of the most important parts of the graduate student experience is the mentoring they receive from their major professor, as well as the numerous other individuals that can positively impact them. Purdue University and the Graduate School want every graduate student to have a rich and meaningful graduate experience. For that to happen, students need effective mentors. This page provides Purdue University’s guidelines for graduate student mentoring and advising. Additionally, the section at the bottom of the page provide numerous links for faculty and students to learn more about effective mentoring practices and mentoring relationships.