First-generation mentor program

The First-Generation Mentor Program (FGMP) is a year-long program designed to provide individualized mentorship, professional development opportunities, and academic support to first-generation students in the College of Engineering. As part of this program, you’ll build strong relationships with your mentor or mentee, increase your awareness of campus and off-campus resources, and gain the skills needed to succeed at Berkeley.

Goals of the program

  • To increase the retention and success of first-generation students in the College of Engineering
  • To provide individualized and ongoing mentorship from peers, graduate students, faculty, and alumni
  • To increase campus acculturation and sense of belonging in the engineering community
  • To mitigate the academic, professional, and social challenges faced by many first-generation college students

2019-2020 Program details

The FGMP is a year-long, two tiered program where (1) first-generation upper-division engineering students mentor first-generation lower-division engineering students and (2) alumni, faculty, and graduate students mentor first-generation upper-division engineering students.

There are four components to the FGMP:

  • Individualized mentorship: You will meet one-on-one with your mentor or mentee throughout the academic year.
  • Workshops: You will attend workshops focused on professional development, academic success, and wellness.
  • Company visits and field trips: You will participate in company visits and field trips.
  • Staff support: You will meet with the program manager throughout your mentorship to discuss any challenges and to ensure progress on both academic and professional goals.


  1. Submit an application
    Applications for the 2019-2020 year are closed. New applications will available online beginning in April 2020. Please note that not all mentors and mentees will be selected. There are a limited number of spots and selection will be based on major, interests, and other matching criteria.

    Also, note that for the 2019-2020 academic year, there will only be peer mentorship, where first-generation upper-division students are paired with first-generation lower-division students. Alumni, faculty, and graduate student mentorship will be implemented in the 2020-2021 academic year. If selected, mentors will receive a $700 stipend for the year if they are paired with two mentees. Mentors will receive a $600 stipend for the year if they are paired with one mentee.

  2. Attend the mandatory training and Kick-off event:
    Mentor training: Friday, August 30, 2019
    Mentee orientation: Friday, September 6, 2019
    Kick-off event: Monday, September 9, 2019 from 6-8 PM

  3. One-on-one meetings and workshops
    Mentors and mentees are required to meet at least 5 times per semester. You will also be required to check-in with the program manager at least 3 times per semester to update on progress and discuss any challenges. Mentors and mentees are also required to attend all workshops throughout the academic year.  ​

If you have any questions, please e-mail Claire-Marie Kooi. Thank you.