Joint Undergrad Graduate Mentorship Program – JUMP!
The JUMP program seeks to enhance the retention of undergraduates in all areas of STEM through direct interaction with graduate student mentors. By building relationships between undergrad and grad students, we hope to enhance the personal, educational, and career skills that will allow students to excel in their undergraduate scientific career, as well as provide them the tools they need to start the next stage of their scientific endeavors.
The goal of this program is to establish mentoring relationships between undergraduates interested in science careers with graduate students in scientific disciplines at the University of Oregon. Graduate students first apply for open mentor positions, and the undergraduate students apply and are chosen to work with a specific graduate student (no more than four undergrads per grad student) with undergraduate seniority, interest, and investment in the mentoring process as selection criteria.
Graduate students meet with their mentees for a minimum of 6 hours per quarter in either one-on-one meetings or group settings to discuss time management, research availability at UO, career advice, the grad school application process, provide letters of recommendation, etc. as needed by the mentees. In the past, students were then expected to attend workshops organized by the JUMP committee centered around topics such as professional development, resumes, interviews, and internships. The materials and presentations from these past workshops are available on the JUMP website, under the ‘resources’ tab. However, based on feedback from previous JUMP mentees and mentors, we are changing the program format to be more flexible with student hours and topics they want covered.
At least twice a month, throughout the entire school year, there will be open office hours led by a JUMP graduate student mentor, for mentees to come and ask questions or seek general guidance on topics related to professional development, careers in STEM, etc. These open informal meetings will be sandwiched with a beginning and an end of school year all-JUMP discussion and celebration for networking and feedback.
A subcommittee headed by a WGS executive board member administers JUMP. The committee is responsible for selecting applicants (both graduate and undergraduate) to the program, organizing group gatherings, securing ongoing funding for the program, reviewing and analyzing end of term evaluations, and well as acting as the point of contact in the event of problems with mentor/mentee relationships.