Graduate Experience Mentoring (GEM) Program


GSG offers the Graduate Experience Mentor (GEM) program to enhance the educational, social, and personal health of our graduate student community. GEM was developed by graduate students in 2012 to help acclimate incoming graduate students with the Mines community. Through participation in GEM, incoming graduate students are connected with current graduate students in similar academic disciplines and by similar interests, providing a knowledgeable resource for navigating the administrative, academic, and social aspects of the Mines community.

GSG’s GEM Program participants are invited to attend social events throughout the semester both virtually and hopefully in-person. As a participant, you’re provided coffee cards and lunch cards to enjoy during meetings between you and your mentor/mentee (either in-person or virtually). We hope you’ll take part in our Spring 2021 GEM program!

If you have questions or concerns about the mentoring program, please contact the GSG Academic Chair.

GEM Check-In Survey Part 1

Please take some time to fill out the first spring 2021 GEM participant survey.

Spring 2021 GEM Programming Schedule


Past Events

Virtual GEM Kick-off Event!

  • February 18, 2021 from 4-5pm MT
  • DONE – Thank you to everyone who attended and participated!

Virtual Mines Alumni Panel – Making the Most of Mentoring

  • February 25, 2021 from 4-5pm MT
  • DONE – Thank you to everyone who attended and participated!

Virtual Painting with a Twist Event

  • March 19, 2021 from 5-6:30pm MT
  • DONE – Thank you to everyone who attended and participated!

Upcoming Events

GEM Participant Swag Bag Pick-up

  • TBD
  • Pick-up will be ON CAMPUS

Are you interested in being mentored by Mines alumni?

Join the Oredigger Network and sign up as a mentee or mentor to connect with folks beyond just graduate students at Mines!

Did you miss our GEM kick-off event?

Check out the slide deck from our kick-off event for an overview of mentee and mentor best practices, expectations, and guidelines.

Did you miss our Mentoring Workshop with Mines Alumni?

We had a great group of panelists for our mentoring workshop on 2/25/21! Click below to view the biographies and get the contact info of our panelists.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our virtual paint night!

share your GEM program experience with us!

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During the second and third year of graduate school, there is a common theme that most students feel lost or confused in the current process, unsure how they will move forward in research and reach graduation. I was feeling this way and signed up for the Oredigger Network to connect with alumni and gain some perspective on my situation and what to expect in the future after graduation.

I connected with a great mentor with 3 years of experience since graduating from Mines with a Ph.D. We have talked about her career in industry, tips for networking, and advice for goal-setting. She has helped me feel grounded and reassured in the current stage of my degree. I am happy that this program was setup to connect current students with mentors and mentees and help make this tumultuous time a little more manageable.

Ben Appleby

Ph.D student, Colorado School of Mines