Graduate Student Mentorship & Employment Programs

The Graduate Student Council coordinates a mentorship and summer employment program that pairs College of Forestry undergraduate students with graduate students for mentorship and summer employment opportunities. These programs offer undergraduate's a chance to discuss career preparation, graduate school applications, life after college and gain research and field work experience.

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


Graduate Undergraduate Mentorship (GUM) Program

The GUM 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.

Complete this short survey to indicate your interest in this program. 

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 to 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 (approximately one hour each).


Summer Undergraduate Graduate Assisted Research (SUGAR) Program

The SUGAR Program is a summer term opportunity for CoF undergraduate students to work with 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 SUGAR 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, dissertation, capstone or other research projects.
  • All SUGAR 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 SUGAR employment position must meet the following eligiblity requirements:

  • Currently enrolled College of Forestry undergraduate or Post-baccalaureate students (planning to attend fall term).
  • Be 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 SUGAR opportunities.
    • Submit the student interest form.
    • Apply to the Student Technical Assistant - CoF Mentored Employment Program position to submit your resume and cover letter.

Important Deadlines 

SUGAR projects posted online April 19, 2022
Deadline for undergraduates to apply May 13, 2022 DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 25, 2022 - Applications are now closed
Program dates June 13 - September 22, 2022


Current SUGAR Opportunities