Forest GUMP


Forest GUMP (Graduate Undergraduate Mentorship Program) is a mentorship and employment program provided by the Graduate Student Council that offers College of Forestry graduate students and undergraduate students the opportunity to work together in mentored pairs on career preparation, graduate school applications, research skills, and preparing for life after college. The Forest GUMP Mentorship Program pairs graduate students as mentors with undergraduate students as mentees based on related interests for an academic year. Graduate students meet with their mentees twice a term and provide guidance based on the undergraduate student’s needs. The Forest GUMP Employment Program offers the opportunity for graduate students to hire undergraduates in a mentored employment research opportunity over the summer.

For more information on both programs please continue below, or email with any questions. 


Forest GUMP Mentorship Program

The Forest GUMP Mentorship Program is a year-long opportunity for undergraduate students to receive mentorship from graduate students within the College of Forestry. Undergraduate student mentees will be paired with graduate student mentors based on the mentee's academic and career interests. Mentors are expected to meet with their mentees at least twice during each academic quarter to provide guidance and support unique to each mentees needs.

Applications for the mentorship program are due October 23, 2020.

Graduate Student Information:

  • Graduate students interested in serving as a mentor should submit a mentor application to the Graduate Student Council.
  • You will be matched with a mentee based on the academic and career interests that you list on your application.
  • Mentors are expected to provide appropriate feedback and guidance to their undergraduate mentee related to their interests (e.g., graduate school applications, research skills, career paths).
  • Funding is provided for mentors to purchase on-campus meals or coffee during meetings with mentee.

Undergraduate Student Information:

  • Undergraduate and Post-baccalaureate students interested in working with a graduate mentor should submit a mentee application the Graduate Student Council.
  • You will be matched with a mentor based on the academic and career interests that you list your application.
  • Your mentor will provide you with guidance, tips, and share relevant experiences to assis you with your career and academic goals. 
  • Mentees are expected to attend at least two meetings with their mentor each quarter (one hour each).


Forest GUMP Employment Program

The Forest GUMP Employment Program is a summer term opportunity for CoF undergraduate students to work for CoF graduate students. Work could include assistance with thesis, dissertation, capstone projects or other research projects (data collection, data analysis, data entry, laboratory work, and literature review). The College of Forestry provides a limited amount of funding to pay undergraduate hourly wages. Graduate students will also provide undergraduates with mentorship. 

Graduate Student Informaton:

  • Graduate students interested in submitting a Forest Gump project should use the proposal webform.
  • Funding is available for approximately 80 hours of work. Please indicate on the proposal form (description) how work will be allocated to fill that time.
  • All projects must be based out of the Corvallis campus or E-campus.
  • Work should be related to your thesis, dissertaion, capstone or other research projects.
  • All Forest Gump projects need a Faculty Supervisor to oversee the project and approve undergraduate student timesheets.
  • Projects should fall within the parameters of the Student Technical Assistant - Mentored Employment Program position description.

Undergraduate Student Information:

Undergraduate students interested in applying for a Forest Gump employment position must meet the following eligiblity requirements:

  • Currently enrolled College of Forestry undergraduate or Post-baccalaureate students (planning to attend fall term).
  • In good academic standing.
  • Undergraduate students taking 5 or more credits during summer term are limited to working 20 hours per week (please review student employment manual for eligibility)
  • If you would like to apply, please complete the following steps:
    • Review the available Forest GUMP employment opportunities below.
    • Submit the student interest form.
    • Apply to the Student Technical Assistant - CoF Mentored Employment Program position and submit your resume and cover letter.

Important Deadlines

  • Please check back for Forest GUMP Employment Program summer 2021 deadlines and information

**It may become necessary to have a contingency plan for remote work if current social distancing guidelines remain in effect. Please be sure you discuss these options with your faculty supervisor and potential student employees.

Forest Gump Employment Opportunities