Virginia Commonwealth University

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.

Graduate School Mentorship Program 
1001 Grove Avenue 
P.O. Box 843051 
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3051

Society for the Advancement of Psychology (SAP) 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.

President of SAP (Society for the Advancement of Psychology)
Laura Currier

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.


VCU Nursing Connector Program:

The MCV Alumni Association partners with the VCU School of Nursing to pair alumni and students. The program encourages alumni from the School of Nursing and the St. Philip School of Nursing to serve in a nurturing role for second-year nursing students. Alumni play a supportive role to students by contacting them at least once every two weeks to offer words of encouragement during stressful times or to provide a friendly voice celebrating accomplishments or everyday successes.


STAT Mentoring Program:

Working with the VCU Alumni Association, STAT connects its members to alumni who are leaders in their fields and communities and provides students with valuable alumni contacts and professional networking possibilities. Student gains valuable feedback, counsel and information from their alumni mentor. The alumni mentor gives back to their alma mater by spending time with a student with similar interests and career aspirations.

Morgan McDowell

OMSA Mentoring Program:

The mentoring program is designed to better serve the academic, professional, and cultural needs of ethnic and racially diverse students at Virginia Commonwealth University. This experience could result in an increase in retention and graduation rates.

Faith Wilkerson

OMSA Mentoring Program:

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 prot'eg'e with exposure to variant professionals and perspectives within the STEM program. The mentor/prot'eg'e partnership will: help students engage with the coursework, provide professional development through networking and internships, explore future employment opportunities, and prepare for continuing education.

Alfred Herrera

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