Mentoring Program

The GWAMIT Mentoring Program matches graduate women with successful women professors and alumni who can provide professional and/or personal advice.  Sign-ups for the program occur during the summer, and mentoring groups are hand matched according to participants' survey responses before the beginning of the fall semester.  Mentor pairings for Fall 2013 are currently closed. To enter your information and be notified of pairings for Spring 2014, please fill out this form at

Survey questions are concerned with issues such as the nature of the advice the participant desires to give/receive, the desired times of meetings, and the desired meeting locations.  (Left: Mentoring groups meet at the spring '11 dinner.)

Each fall, GWAMIT hosts a beginning-of-term dinner for mentors and mentees (Left: Mentoring Kickoff Dinner, Fall 2013). At this dinner groups meet for the first time, and decide on guidelines for the mentoring relationship. Groups are required to meet once a month for at least a semester. After a semester, participants can choose to be re-matched, or to not continue, if the relationship is not working. We hold another group dinner at the end of the spring semester. During the 2010-2011 academic year, the mentoring program served over 50 mentoring groups.

Mentoring Committee 

   Co-Chairs: Becky Asher & Cecilia Viggiano
   Committee Members: Ricarose Roque, Xuwen Zhu, Vinita Lukose

"Dear Kate" Column

In Spring 2013, the Mentoring Committee launched "Dear Kate," an advice column series on the GWAMIT Blog The namesake of this advice column is Katharine McCormick.  She was the second woman to graduate from MIT, the benefactor of McCormick Hall, a suffragist and a philanthropist.  We hope to continue her legacy and dedication to the advancement of women through this advice column.

If you have a question that you would like to ask our panel of experts (GWAMIT mentors), please submit it here. All submissions are completely anonymous. We will submit a subset of questions to a selection of mentors in industry and academia at a variety of ages and career levels, and post their responses on the blog.

We hope you enjoy this new feature, and please feel free to use this column to spark discussion among your own mentoring groups!

  Past Mentoring Events

    2013 Fall Kickoff Dinner [photos]
    2012 Speed-Mentoring Event       [blog]
    Spring 2012 End-of-Year Dinner    [video]

What Mentees are Saying...

"This is one time you can sit down with someone who is not your official advisor and talk about, well, pretty much anything!"

"This is a unique opportunity to get advice and support from an experienced leader in her field. My mentor's perspective is always refreshing and enlightening, and has pushed me to do things I would have otherwise never thought about."

What Mentors are Saying...

"The GWAMIT Mentoring Program strengthens the professional network of women at MIT and is an enjoyable way for faculty to contribute to a sense of community beyond the research group."

"This program is a great way for graduate women to get some exposure to more senior people in an informal, low-key way."

Get Involved.

If you are interested in participating in the program or would like to be on the graduate student planning committee, please contact