Mentoring Programs at VCU

Graduate School Mentoring Program

The purpose of the program is to expose undergraduate students to the graduate experience as they make decisions about post-baccalaureate study and transition from undergraduate to graduate student status. In addition, the mentorship program provides graduate students with the opportunity to develop mentoring skills as they share personal experiences with undergraduate participants in the program.


Society for the Advancement of Psychology Mentoring program

The goals of the Society for the Advancement of Psychology are to (1) increase students' exposure to research by leading experts in the field, (2) increase the exposure of the VCU psychology program, and (3) provide opportunities for students to network and establish collaborative research endeavors with other investigators. We are also dedicated to providing support to psychology graduate students and furthering our presence in academic psychology."

The mentorship program is done in collaboration with Psi Chi, the Undergraduate Psychology Honors Society. The basics of the program include pairing up Psi Chi members with current psychology graduate students and requiring attendance at meetings throughout the year. The meetings are to provide the undergraduates time to learn about the graduate school experience in psychology, from application to graduation, and give the graduate students experience acting as a mentor.

Laura Currier, SAP president,


VCU Post-baccalaureate Research Eccation Program (VCU PREP)

The Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program is a one-year biomedical research training program for recent college graduates from underrepresented groups considering graduate-level training in the biomedical sciences. The program provides scholars with a year-long, paid, mentored research experience and the opportunity to develop technical and critical-thinking skills.



Alumni Connector: Mentorship Program

The School of Nursing's Alumni Connector: Mentorship Program connects nursing students and alumni by building a community where nursing professionals can offer advice on school matters, information about career options and other issues relevant to nursing. The program runs annually October-April. The program is open to all alumni and current students of the School of Nursing and is meant to provide students with a mentor that they can go to for wisdom and encouragement as they go through their year. Who better to turn to for guidance than someone who has been in their shoes?

Amber Yancey, alumni relations and stewardship specialist, at (804) 828-2993.



The mentoring program is designed to support the academic, professional, and cultural development of the racially diverse students of Virginia Commonwealth University with an ultimate objective of increasing retention and graduation rates within the STEM Baccalaureate degree programs. This experiential learning opportunity provides the protégé with exposure to variant professionals and perspectives within the STEM program. The mentor/protégé partnership will: help students engage with the coursework, provide professional development through networking and internships, explore future employment opportunities, and prepare for continuing education.

Yolanda Avent


School of Social Work Peer Mentor Program

Peer Mentors are specially trained students who are familiar with the curriculum and policies of the B.S.W. Program and the resources and services at VCU.

Peer Mentors provide new, transfer and continuing students with information, assistance and valuable insights to help navigate a successful journey toward graduation.

Tia Petty-Rodgers


Honors College Mentoring Program

All first-year students are invited to participate in The Honors College Mentorship Program. In this unique program, upperclassmen volunteer to serve as mentors, offering support and assistance to new honors students during their first semester at VCU.

Mentors are available to answer questions throughout the summer prior to enrollment and are on hand to help orient first-year honors students to campus. Early in the fall, The Honors College hosts a kick-off event for mentees and mentors to meet face to face for the first time. Mentors then meet with their mentee, whether in person, over the phone or during lunch, to help him or her understand the privileges and responsibilities of being in The Honors College and make the transition into college life.

Carrie Connolly


African-American Alumni Council Mentoring Circle

Part of the mission of VCU Alumni's African-American Alumni Council is to promote and contribute to the recruitment and retention of African-American students. Initiated, sponsored and supported by AAAC members, the Mentoring Circle connects current African-American undergraduate students with alumni with shared professional interests.

We invite and ask alumni to meet students who would greatly benefit from having an e-mentor/mentor to help open doors to internships, apprenticeships or employment opportunities. We also conduct a "mocktail" event to provide students with helpful tips on how to land a job through networking.

Larry Powell or register online


VCU BizConnect

VCU BizConnect is sponsored by the School of Business Office of Student and Alumni Engagement and the Business Alumni Society with the goal of connecting ​business students to alumni and friends of the school to enhance the student​'s​ experience and provide a meaningful way for alumni to give back to the School of Business. The program is composed of two components – informational interviews and mentorship opportunities – and is available for both students and alumni to participate in.

Office of Student and Alumni Engagement
Snead Hall, Room B1212
301 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220


Rams Connected

The School of Engineering's Rams Connected program allows alumni and practicing engineers to share their industry knowledge with current students. Students search an internal database of alumni mentors to contact for advice or insight on career paths, internships and workplace experiences.

Laura Lemza