Additional Resources

Mentor Memos

The UW Graduate School offers a series of short, helpful notes called Mentor Memos. Written by UW faculty and staff, these memos provide perspective on common questions and topics of interest that are specifically relevant to graduate students. 

Topics covered in Mentor Memos include career preparation, managing academic projects, discovering your unique strengths, and many more. These topics can be invaluable to successfully completing your degree as well as finding the right career.

All memos are available on the Mentor Memos website. A few relevant memos are listed below.

The Imposter Syndrome

Returning to Graduate School

Presenting Your Research at Academic Conferences

Preparing for Your Career

Collaborating and Co-Authoring

Maximizing the Benefit of Department Colloquia

Building Your Network: Finding Mentors

Creating a Research Agenda

Time Management

Managing Large Writing Projects

The Literature Review

Intentional Career Planning

Review of Graduate Student Research by the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Academic Job Offer and Salary Negotiations

Staying Motivated in Graduate School

Finding and Acting on Your Unique Strengths

Working the Room




For more information and to suggest topics, contact Graduate School Communications Director Elizabeth Lowry


Phone: 206-685-6793



Professional Development

Throughout the year, the Graduate School also offeres a variety of professional development workshops, many of which will cover topics from the Mentor Memos.