post by Bill Wiener, Graduate Dean
The success of graduate students can be enhanced greatly by working with a faculty mentor. A mentor is very different from an advisor. While an advisor helps a student choose the correct courses and plan an appropriate schedule, a mentor is there to take a professional interest in the success of the student. The word mentor comes from a Greek word that means enduring or surviving. The mentor goes above and beyond helping the student with the practical issues relating to course scheduling, and helps the student by offering support, guidance and assistance.