First Gen staff mento with students

First-Generation Mentorship Pilot Program

The First-Generation Mentor Pilot Program connects current UC Davis undergraduates with UC Davis graduate students and staff through the shared experience of being a first-generation college student.

Our goal is to provide first-generation students the knowledge, confidence, and tools to grow their network and advance in their research and career endeavors. Through graduate mentorships, students gain confidence and practical knowledge to pursue graduate degrees. Through staff mentorship, students will gain professional development and career direction while fostering a relationship with a person who can be a mentor and role model. 

In Fall 2021, we are focused on grad student mentorships. We hope to launch staff mentorships in Spring 2022.


  • Grad Mentors: Application deadline is October 8. Apply to mentor!
  • Undergrad Mentees: Apply between September 27 - October 8. Apply to be a mentee
  • Match Decisions: Notifications of mentorship matches will be sent on October 10.
  • First contact: students should contact your mentor within a week of receiving your assignment. 
Am I first-gen? 

The University of California defines first-generation college students as students who grew up in households without a parent or guardian who had completed a four-year college degree.

  • My parent(s) attended community college.
  • You are first-gen! 
  • My parent(s) went to college but did not finish.
  • You are first-gen!
  • My parent(s) are in college now.
  • You are first-gen!