EEB Big Sibs Mentoring Program

Cindy Bick and Rafael D'Andrea creating research posters at a department retreat

The Big Sibs Mentoring Program provides a comfortable, informal way for first year students (aka “Little Sibs”) to learn about the culture of graduate school, our department, and how to excel at the University of Michigan.

The Big Sibs program combines one-on-one mentoring with larger group activities to introduce new graduate students to life in the department and the ins and outs of grad school. For further information, contact Susan Cheng

GUIDELINES FOR BIG SIBS IN EEB
Big Sibs are available for lunches or coffee with the new cohort throughout the year, and to field questions and concerns about adjusting to grad school, departmental policies and politics, preparing to be successful in grad school, and other questions related to grad student life.

SOME POSSIBLE TOPICS TO DISCUSS:
Logistics of the department
Getting settled in Ann Arbor
Generating dissertation research ideas and designing research
Applying for funding (internal and external); writing grants
Second year evaluation procedure
Writing an evaluation paper, presenting a seminar, oral exam
How to make the most out of your EEB 700-730
Available courses in EEB and other departments
Choosing a dissertation committee; finding a cognate
Going to national meetings
Extracurricular activities