Peer Mentoring

New to the Graduate Community?

The goal of this mentoring program is to help new students navigate the difficulties of starting a new graduate program, build community, and facilitate networking across the college. Monthly meetings allow 1st year graduate students and their mentors to discuss concerns and share first year experiences as a new Virginia Tech graduate student. Mentors are typically senior graduate students with faculty serving as a mentor in some cases as well.

Graduate Student Leadership

This effort is led by Adwoa Baah-Dwomoh, a university Diversity Scholar. Adwoa received her BS in Materials Science and Engineering at Virginia Tech, her MS in Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Florida, and is currently working on her PhD. She has recruited for graduate programs, is a student leader for the College of Engineering’s Diversity Graduate student network, and is part of the College’s Dean’s team.

Join Us

To inquire about this program as a 1st year mentee, graduate student or faculty mentor, please contact Adwoa via email. She can also often be found in 330 Kelly Hall. Dr. Catherine Amelink, Director of Graduate Programs and Assessment, serves as the faculty liaison for this group.

Upcoming and Anticipated Events

November, 2016

  • Money Management
  • Professional Development Sessions

Spring, 2017

  • Time Management
  • Grant Writing
  • Stress Management
  • Professional Development Sessions

COE Diversity Graduate Student Network Lunch Schedule


  • 14 November 2016
  • 25 January, 2017
  • 23 March, 2017
  • 10 April, 2017
  • 25 April, 2017
mentoring students at lunch at PKs