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Graduate Student Mentorship Initiative (GSMI)

In spring 2019, we piloted our Graduate School Mentorship Initiative (GSMI) program with the mission to help underrepresented graduate school applicants by pairing them with STEM professionals in their respective STEM disciplines.  We provided our applicants with graduate school preparation material, one-on-one guidance from a mentor in their STEM field, access to webinars, and mock interviews.


In 2020, we helped over 200 students (more than 80% of our cohort) receive acceptances into STEM graduate school programs, including Master's and PhD programs. ​​Our applicants were accepted to graduate programs in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering, Astronomy, Biomedical Engineering, Cell & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Oceanography, Physics, Psychology at several universities throughout the U.S. and some abroad!

GSMI Flyer 2021

Click to enlarge. Flyer by Angélica Rosado-Quiñones

Demographic information on our 2019-20 GSMI students

  • 56% were Latinx, 19% were Black, 15% were Asian or Pacific Islander!

  • 77% of our applicants were female! 
  • 56% applicants were first-generation (first-gen) college students!

  • 22% started off at community colleges!

Our national GSMI mentorship program is on hiatus for the 2022-2023 cycle. Our national GSMI mentorship program takes over 30 Científico Latino volunteers and a heavy time commitment from our core team to run, which is why we are working on improving our national GSMI program for the future during the hiatus.


Please check back May 2023  for next year's GSMI program. 

STEM Graduate School Applicants

  • Underrepresented students applying to STEM Master's and PhD programs in Fall 2021

    • We welcome applications from underrepresented students which include ethnicity, gender, first-generation, child of immigrants, disabilities, identity, low-income, etc.

    • ​​College senior, post-graduate student, post-baccalaureate students, other applicants in post-Bachelor's positions including those working as research assistants/technician, etc.

    • If you are not applying to graduate school this Fall 2021, you are not eligible. However, if you sign up for our mailing list, you will have access to the upcoming GSMI 2021 Webinars.

  • All STEM fields are eligible, which include: AstronomyBiochemistryEnvironmental ScienceMathematics,  Molecular and Cellular Biology, NeuroscienceOceanographyPharmacologyPhysics, Psychology, Public Health… and many more!

    • Social & Behavioral Sciences: We acknowledge that economics, sociology, and political sciences are important members of the STEM family. Unfortunately, we cannot support these disciplines this year, but we hope to in the future!

  • Unfortunately, the following students are not eligible: 

    • Students applying to Post-bacs (PREP), PA, MD, MD/PhD, PharmD, Non-STEM PhD programs ​​

    • Students seeking support on fellowship applications that are not currently applying to PhD programs

STEM Mentors


  • Commitment to help a GSMI Applicant during their graduate school application process 

  • Provide feedback on graduate school applications (personal statement and CV) 

  • Regular email correspondence with our GSMI Applicants

  • STEM professionals including PhD students, PhD candidates, post-doctoral fellows, Faculty, post-PhDs in industry, and other non-academic positions

  • All STEM fields eligible (see above for included disciplines)

  • Sign-ups for mentors will open in mid-June. Due to amazing interest in mentoring from the scientific community, we may only open sign-ups in specific fields. Follow us on Twitter to be notified of when mentorship positions open. If you are interested in helping out, please check out other options here!

Program Timeline

Scholars (Graduate School Applicants)




Please contact us here or at if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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