Why do we recommend mentoring as part of the PhD program experience?
Mentors offer a support system provided by people who "have been there" and those that are going through the experience with you.
Mentors provide an opportunity for students to network, share ideas and information, and to receive support as they progress through the program.
During the program, activities are held that provide opportunities for collaboration with faculty and with other students and even just some time to have a little fun together with your cohorts. Communication with students and mentors is on-going to extend the support needed for a positive academic experience.
The brief survey students complete at the beginning of the program assists us in selecting a faculty member and/or external professional resource persons who have interests and expertise that match the students' area of focus.
We encourage you to explore this site and review some ideas on how to deal with juggling all you have to do to meet your educational goals. If you have tips and tricks to share, just let us know!
Dr. Susan Baxley, PhD, RN
Director, PhD Mentoring Program