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 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, 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, and are provided coffee cards and lunch cards to encourage interaction between Mentors and Mentees. GSG also provides Academic Workshops to facilitate interaction within the graduate student community.

Current graduate students are welcome to volunteer as Mentors for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. Mentors will be connected with incoming graduate students in similar academic disciplines. Complete the GSG Mentor form if you are a current graduate student and would like to volunteer as a mentor.

Incoming graduate students of Spring 2020 are invited to join the GEM Program as Mentees for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. Mentees will be connected with current graduate students in similar academic disciplines. Complete the GSG Mentee form if you are an incoming graduate student (Spring 2020 only) and would like to participate as a Mentee.

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

Academic Workshops


A variety of Academic Workshops throughout the semester to assist graduate students with their pursuit of advanced degrees with free food funded by the GSG. The workshops are organized by Ms. Emily Bongiovanni, Scholarly Communications Librarian and Dr. Roel Snieder, W.M. Keck Distinguished Professor of Professional Development Education.

The workshops are listed in the website link below. Please register for the interested workshops in advance in the website. 

Current Workshops : Spring 2020

Past WorkshopsFall 2019

If you have general comments or ideas for future Academic Workshops, please contact the GSG Academic Chair

Note: Ms. Bongiovanni and library staff offer scholarly support for students for publishing and research. Please click here for details.

Professional Development courses


The Center for Professional Development Education promotes and coordinates teaching general professional skills through courses, seminars, and a speaker series, and makes tools and resources available for professional development. Dr. Roel Snieder, W.M. Keck Distinguished Professor of Professional Development Education, also offers ta number of research and personal skill development courses listed below. The latest courses can also be found here.

  1. Research skills for graduate students (SYGN501)
  2. Introduction to research ethics (SYGN502)
  3. Integrating into the CSM community (SYGN503)
  4. College teaching (SYGN600)
  5. Oral communication skills (SYGN683)
  6. Writing skills (SYGN684) 
  7. Advanced science communication (HASS523)
  8. Academic publishing (HASS601)
  9. Professional oral communication (LICM501)

Dr. Snieder also provide office hours (given below) for one to one discussions. 

Roel Snieder (Hill Hall 206A):
Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Or by appointment