AOS Mentorship Program

The AOS Mentorship Program (AMP) seeks to establish a synergetic community in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences department by increasing interaction between graduate and undergrad students. Our goal is to help foster a positive environment for undergraduates throughout their time in AOS and help them build the tools and confidence necessary to succeed in their post-graduation endeavors. Underrepresented minority students and first-generation students may especially benefit from the sense of community and support. Graduate students, in turn, get the opportunity to develop their mentorship skills and make a difference in the department.

COVID-19 STATEMENT: In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, some of the mentorship meetings will take place virtually (unless university restricts in person meetings). Your comfort and safety is a priotity, if you are unable for any reason to meet in person, meeting virtually is always an option. If in person, you must adhere to university and Madison public health safety measures. Even in a virtual format, meetings should remain professional and adhere to the standards outlined in the AMP Handbook.

Large Group Icon Group Mentoring: Large group mentoring provides undergraduates an opportunity to socalize and learn more about the ins and outs of the major from multiple perspectives. A goal of this program is to increase interaction between graduate and undergraduate students in the department in order to learn and grow from each other. Large group mentoring will take place in the form of social events, monthly brown bag lunches, and other gatherings. It is suitable for all of those in the major and can be a great way to enter into the AOS family.
Individual Icon One-on-One Mentoring: Individual mentoring pairs one graduate student with one undergraduate student to form a more personalized mentorship experience. The role of an individual mentor is to provide support and guidance to the undergraduate. The graduate mentor can assist with academic, research, or career related questions the undergraduate student might have, while providing information about opportunities and helping the student craft and meet individual goals. Individual mentoring can be especially helpful for upperclassmen looking for assistance exploring ways to excel after their bachelor's degree.
Small Group Icon Small Group Mentoring: Small group mentoring aims to connect 3-5 individuals with a mentor to discuss things like course selection, goal setting, getting valuable experience based on future aspirations, and other helpful hints to navigating life as an AOS major. These groups are especially useful for underclassmen to meet other members of the major and learn what AOS is all about. Participants who choose to join a small group will be assigned to one with others who are at a similar place in their AOS careers in order to optimize the group’s usefulness.