AFSUW Mentorship Program for SAFS Undergraduate Majors

Dear SAFS Undergraduates,

Are you interested in a career in fisheries or a related field? Have you thought about going to graduate school, but aren’t sure which degree to apply for, where to go, or how to prepare? Every year, AFSUW sets undergrads up with graduate mentors who share their research interests. Graduate students are full of wisdom, and can really help you decide on / prepare for a successful career. This is a great opportunity to get valuable advice and form professional connections.

Our mentorship program seeks to foster social connections between University of Washington undergraduate and graduate students in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. We organize two kinds of interactions to facilitate mentor-mentee relationships:

First, we host a quarterly social event that is open to all interested grad and undergrad students. Food (and beer, this fall!) is provided and grad student panels answer questions and discuss topics of interest to undergrads. This Fall’s mixer is on Tuesday October 29th at 6:30 pm but you don’t have to be at the mixer to sign up or to have a mentor!

Additionally, we pair groups of 1-2 undergrads with a grad student mentor. Mentors and mentees meet once a month to talk about school, research, and careers.

This is an excellent way to get a head start on your career and hear about the many options available to you. You can do it a flexible schedule, because mentors and mentees pick their own meeting times.

If you are interested in having a graduate mentor, please email me at siplem@uw.edu and I’ll send you materials to sign up.

Thank you very much,
Megsie Siple
AFSUW President

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