Mentorship Program 2017

Viterbi Graduate Mentorship Program

The Viterbi Graduate Mentorship Program is designed to help new Viterbi graduate students adjust smoothly to life at USC and Los Angeles. Participating new students (mentees) will be paired up with current Viterbi graduate students (mentors). Mentees and mentors are mostly paired up in the same academic department and at the same degree level. We host various events throughout the year exclusively for mentors and mentees. Please see the sections below for more information and sign up to part of this program.


“Experience sharing is enriching.”
“My mentor has been one of my biggest support systems over here.”

  • A certificate of appreciation will be awarded to qualified mentors.
  • It is an excellent way of expanding your personal & professional network by making global friends through the program.
  • It’s a project that shows interpersonal communication, mentoring and leadership skills that can enrich your experiences at USC and help you in job searching.
  • It’s a great way of giving back to the Viterbi School and USC by helping new Trojans.
  • Mentors will get support from the GAPP office of attending various social events and gifts.
  • “Opportunity helped me to grow my network. I could see an improvement in my leadership and communication skills. Definitely, I had a lot of fun.” –Mentor


  • A mandatory training session will be scheduled for all mentors before the mentees are assigned.
  • Each mentor will be connected with 1-2 mentees in the same academic department at the same degree level.
  • Mentorship begins with email correspondence before new students arrive on campus. The mentorship will continue throughout the new students’ first semester.
  • After connected, mentors are expected to answer questions and general advice on arrival and graduate student life to mentees.
  • Mentors are required to meet mentees at least once in person and be prompt of communications on emails or other agreed social media platforms.
  • The Viterbi GAPP office will organize or collaborate with student organizations on social events for mentors and mentees.
  • Mentors are not expected to give assistance on mentee’s assignments or tutoring.


  • A minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Prefer students who won’t have internship out of LA area in 2018 spring.
  • Receive general advice on graduate student life before you arrive on campus.
  • It is an opportunity to build your professional and social network. The mentoring relationship continues throughout your first semester and may continue for semesters to come.
  • Mentees will get support from the GAPP office for various social events together with mentors.
  • “A lot of times, my mentor’s answers would save me from taking blind steps ahead. I highly recommend this program and I would love to be a mentor for them.” –Mentee


Mentees are expected to…

  • Maintain communication with your mentor at least once a month or meet once a month in the first semester.
  • Before you arrive in L.A., respect your mentor’s schedule and understand there may be a significant time difference.
  • Attend the mingle event (at the beginning of the seemster) and other social events together with your mentor.
  • Complete feedback surveys for the program in your first semester.
  • Mentors are NOT your academic tutors and not expected to assist or support you with coursework.


  • In addition to this program, the Graduate and Professional Programs (GAPP) Office will arrange other welcome events. Invitations will be sent to your email.
Mentorship Program Photos (Facebook) 

1. 2018 Spring Mentors Training  (Nov. 17, 2017, 2:30-4:00 pm, SGM 101)

Previous events:

1. Mentors Training Session (Jun 17. 2016)

2. Mentorship Mingle (Aug 26, 2016)

3. Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (Sep 30, 2016)

4. Indian Garba & Dandiya Raas (Oct 2,2016)

2018 Summer Start Students

If you would like to connect with a current Viterbi student as your mentor, please click here to apply to join the Mentorship Program.

2018 Fall New Students

Mentor Application

Current Student to Be a Mentor

Deadline: June 1, 2018


Mentee Application

New Student to Request a Mentor

Deadline: June 5, 2018


2018 Award Winners

Prakarsh Upmanyu
Master Outstanding Mentor

Priyambada Jain
Master Outstanding Mentor

 Qianhui (Jessica) Wu
Ph.D Outstanding Mentor

2017 Award Winners

Haimeng Wang
Master Outstanding Mentor

Karim Taha
Master Outstanding Mentor

 Travis Peterson
Ph.D. Outstanding Mentor