Mentorship Program: The mentoring program provides a support network for the first year genetic counseling students. Each first year student is paired with a second year student, and they are encouraged to meet regularly throughout the first semester and to continue the relationship throughout the year. The second year students provide peer insights into how to successfully traverse the challenges that new graduate students. Their unique first-hand experiences are invaluable to the first year students.
Academic Advisor Program: In order to optimize the communication between graduate students and faculty, students in the UTGCP are matched with an academic advisor who will aid them throughout their time in the program. The academic advisors are members of the genetic counseling program faculty. The objectives of this program are to open lines of communication between students and supervisors, provide the student with a person with whom they can discuss problems, supervisory concerns, academic questions etc., aid in professional development, guide students with decision making. While the Program Directors have an open door policy and regularly meet with students, the Academic Advisor provides another faculty touch point for students. Students are also encouraged to request additional mentors as they feel it would benefit their sense of community.
Additional Support for Students: Students may request an additional mentor. The Program will pair the student with GC from a similar perspective who is a UTGCP supervisor, Houston area GC, or UTGCP Alumni. Mentor-mentee pairs are encouraged to meet once a month in the first semester and then once per semester in the remaining semesters.