Graduate Studies

The Graduate Student Mentoring Centre Welcomes You

The Graduate Student Mentoring Centre of the University of Ottawa gives students in master’s and PhD the opportunity to meet and talk with graduate student-mentors and address the concerns they may have during the course of their studies.

Mentoring can help you to:

  • Identify and clarify your personal and professional goals
  • Face challenges with greater ease and confidence
  • Get back on track when distracted
  • Develop strategies and action plans that yield results
  • Stay motivated and committed until graduation

Who are the 2013-2014 mentors?

Photo: Aminata, MA Public and International Affairs

AMINATA: My name is Aminata and since January 2013, I have worked at the Center as a member of a super team that counsels and encourages graduate students. The Centre is led by students, for students, because we share many similar experiences. I love working with people from different disciplines and I must say that my work at the Centre has allowed me to meet with a wide diversity of people on this campus. My colleagues and I are very happy to meet with you, so please feel free to drop by!


Photo: Forough, PhD  Economics

FOROUGH: Let’s get together to share our experiences as a graduate students!
I began working in the graduate student mentor office in early 2013. As an international graduate student with a strong interest in mentoring and sharing experiences, I love making meaningful contributions in a stimulating learning environment. As the first point of contact for graduate students, I will help you find answers to questions on topics that range from academics to day-to-day concerns.
I will also be hosting a workshop during the upcoming session and I look forward meeting you!


Photo: Jessica, MA Education

JESSICA: Since 2011, I have been a graduate student mentor because I am passionate about mentoring and post-secondary education! I decided to become a mentor because I enjoy helping graduate students create strategies and set goals to overcome the various obstacles they face. As a student myself, I know how difficult it can be to balance all the commitments and requirements of graduate studies. As a graduate mentor, I find it very rewarding to see graduate students grow and succeed! Finally, I love hosting workshops! Perhaps I will see you at one of our workshops this year?


Photo: Jillian, MSc Health Sciences

JILLIAN: Hi there! I'm in my second year of the MSc in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and I have been working as a student mentor for four and a half years now. I love working at the mentoring centre. I understand what it's like to be intimidated by the “unknown,” so I like to make sure that students here get all of the information they need to pursue their studies with comfort and confidence. Though my background is in health sciences, feel free to come see me if you need someone to listen, someone to read over your work or someone to direct you to the proper resources offered here on campus. I look forward to meeting you!

I will also be hosting a workshop during the upcoming session and I look forward meeting you!


Photo: Caroline

CAROLINE: My name is Caroline and I am excited and proud to be joining the graduate students mentorship team this year for the first time. For me, being a graduate student means setting new goals and developing new abilities to obtain a leadership position and to effect change in today's society.

Although very mentally stimulating and fulfilling, being a graduate student does not come without its challenges. Balancing life, sometimes a job and academic pressure can sometimes be a bit daunting, and we are here to help! We would love to meet you and hear about your graduate experience and any concerns!


Photo: James, PhD Department of History

JAMES: My interest in assisting other graduate students comes from my own experiences navigating my way through research, writing, studying and the bureaucracy that often accompanies these things. I genuinely want to see other graduate students feeling fulfilled from their work and enjoying life too. I also worked in broadcasting and journalism between my graduate degrees, allowing me to encounter people and situations of all kinds and share stories of them with others. Meeting other graduate students and hearing their stories is fun, and assisting them with their questions or difficulties is challenging yet rewarding. I am a PhD candidate in the Department of History, and being a graduate student mentor is my service to the University of Ottawa community.


Photo: Somaieh

SOMAIEH: Life as a graduate student is very challenging but, at the same time, very rewarding. You can expect graduate school to be an exciting endeavor; however, it will require you to adjust your lifestyle. The extended hours spent reading, writing, researching, and preparing presentations make us forget that as a graduate student, it is very important to maintain a healthy study-life balance. My life as a graduate student at the University of Ottawa has been tremendously rewarding and peer support has been crucial in helping me handle the ups and downs of graduate school. I look forward to working with you and to using my experience to help you in any way I can.


Both you and your mentor are on the same journey, sailing together toward the same destination: graduation.


The Graduate Student Mentoring Centre is located on the 6th floor of the Morisset Library, room 610, and it is open 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting Septembre 24th (September to April). Summer hours: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To meet a mentor, contact us at 613-562-5800, ext. 6413, or gradmentors@uOttawa.ca or drop in during business hours.



Winter 2014 · Workshops

Workshops will be offered on a regular basis over the fall and winter sessions. Please review our Calendar of Events for more details and information on location and registration.


The Strategic Guide to Graduate Studies (PDF 1.2MB) is the ideal starting point for discovering the world of graduate studies.