Mentoring for current graduate students 

All graduate students in LMP are welcome to join our mentoring programs. 

There are two mentoring programs available, depending on your needs. 

You can join both programs at the same time, provided you are able to commit the time. 

If you are a LMP Alumni interested in mentoring a graduate student, see Support a graduate student: alumni mentoring

Peer-to-peer mentoring 

Administered by the Graduate Student Union (CLAMPS), this is a mentoring program run by graduate students for graduate students. 

You do not need to be studying in the same program to have an effective mentoring relationship. You can be a PhD candidate mentoring a MHSc Translational Research student, for example – it depends what you want to get out of the relationship. 

A peer mentor can provide a mentee with insight and support, related to topics such as: 

  • Academic performance 
  • Networking 
  • Skills development 
  • Being exposed to different perspectives and practices 
  • Study and personal life balance 
  • If new to U of T - help get to know the place 

Mentor a fellow graduate student

If you are an upper year graduate student, consider mentoring a lower year student. 

You will benefit from being a mentor by: 

  • having a fulfilling experience from helping others 
  • developing your leadership and people management skills 
  • practicing time management skills 
  • meeting new people and gaining different perspectives 

See Resources for mentors and mentees in LMP for guidelines, how to tips and training. 

LMP Peer Communication Team

A pool of coaches helping graduate students improve their research presentation skills.

The team will email the pool of coaches regularly with opportunities to listen to a student giving a research presentation, and then you can give feedback to help them improve their communication skills.

To find out more, or volunteer to join the pool of coaches email:

Sophia sophia.mellliou@mail.utoronto.ca or

Matsya matsya.thulasiram@mail.utoronto.ca

Alumni – graduate student mentoring program 

Administered by the Graduate Office, this program connects current graduate students with LMP alumni. 

As well as all the benefits of the peer-to-peer mentoring program, being mentored by one of our alumni gives the additional benefits of: 

  • Gaining insight into careers and job opportunities 
  • Powerful networking 
  • Advice and coaching for job searches 
  • Experiencing different perspectives from outside the university walls (depending on your mentor) 

See Resources for mentors and mentees in LMP for guidelines, how to tips and training. 

How to join the mentoring programs 

Both our programs are run through Temerty Medicine Connect — our online mentoring and networking platform. 

Powered by Graduway, a third-party online platform, this new offering will connect graduate students and faculty in LMP with members of our broader alumni community.  

Signing up is easy and secure, and can be done using your UTORid. Please use your U of T email address as it helps us with our reporting on the program.  

Complete your profile, join the mentoring group, and indicate if you’re looking for a mentor or open to being a mentor. You can then search for a potential mentor or mentee.

You can join the programs at any time.

Step by step  

  1. Sign up to Temerty Medicine Connect – fill out your profile with as much detail as possible and make sure choose LMP as your department so you join our group. 
  2. Complete your mentoring preferences in your profile settings, or the settings tab in the mentoring menu, and indicate whether you’re looking for a mentor or mentee (pick ‘mentor a student’).  
  3. Join your mentoring group (a sub-group of LMP) – either the peer-to-peer program group or the alumni-graduate student program group to stay up to date with guidelines and events related to the program and network with others. 
  4. Use the member list within your mentoring group to browse for mentors or mentees and send a mentoring request.
  5. Mentors or mentees will receive an email alert and can either accept or decline the mentoring request. 
  6. Start your mentoring relationship! Start by setting expectations – see Resources for mentors and mentees in LMP

Watch a video: how to get started on Temerty Medicine Connect 

How to get started on Temerty Medicine Connect for LMP

It will take a bit of time to get a large pool of people on the platform so please be patient. 

Contact lmp.grad@utoronto.ca if you have any challenges finding a match and we will be happy to help.