Advising & Mentorship 

 As a master’s student at the University of Chicago you will be assigned an advanced doctoral preceptor who will serve as your primary academic advisor. In addition, all students have the opportunity to work with our Career Services professionals, who advise students on all issues related to careers, including resume building, networking, job searching and interviewing.

Alumni Connect

If you are a MAPSS or Computation student, you may also find it helpful to have the additional mentorship of a recent graduate of your program who can share their experiences at UChicago and serve as a resource. Alumni Connect facilitates partnerships between current students and recent graduates of the MAPSS and Computation programs.**

If you choose to participate we will provide you with an Alumni Mentor who can help you navigate challenges that arise during your time at UChicago. Unlike preceptors and other program staff, Alumni Mentors are able to draw upon their own recent experiences as students to address challenges such as

  • how to thrive as a first-year graduate student
  • how to develop social networks at UChicago
  • how to develop successful study habits
  • how to navigate the campus and take advantage of its numerous resources
  • how to participate in and foster an inclusive campus environment

As part of the Alumni Connect program, you can expect to meet and/or correspond with your mentors on a regular basis and to join your mentors and other Alumni Connect mentees for a variety of social events.

How to Join or Learn More

Every fall, interested students can learn more about the program, register, and meet Alumni Mentors. Program coordinator Samantha Fan is available to answer any questions about the program. Additionally, you can visit your program’s “MA Student Life” webpage (Computation or MAPSS). 

**Currently, Alumni Connect is only open to MAPSS and Computation students. CIR students should go here for more information about the CIR 2nd year specialization program. Please contact Michael Reese with any questions.