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Summer Bridge Graduate Mentor - Summer 2023

Position overview

Position title: Summer Bridge Graduate Mentor
Salary range: See Table 18 for the salary range for this position. Salary is based on an annual full-time salary of $50,000.
Percent time: Up to 50% time
Anticipated start: June 10, 2023
Position duration: 6/10/2023-8/15/2023 with service dates of 6/20/2023-8/11/2023

Application Window

Open date: May 25, 2023

Next review date: Thursday, Jun 8, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 22, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Graduate Division is seeking applications for multiple open positions as Competitive Edge Summer Bridge Program Graduate Mentors.

Competitive Edge Summer Bridge Graduate Mentors will help incoming doctoral students transition into their graduate studies as part of the UC Merced Competitive Edge Summer Bridge Program. Mentors will meet regularly with students to ensure they are adjusting successfully to their graduate program and provide assistance in navigating resources. They will communicate regularly with Graduate Division program staff and faculty mentors to ensure that the proper graduate support services are being offered and utilized by summer bridge participants. In addition, Graduate Mentors will have substantial responsibility for building cohort development through weekly academic and professional workshops and documenting student growth through individual development plans. Graduate mentors will also assist mentees with acclimating to graduate education culture, writing tutoring and related academic & research support.

The University of California Teaching Assistants are represented by the UAW-AFL-CIO.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. The applicable deadline for student employees is the deadline for students. For students starting or returning to campus after Fall 2021, the deadline is the first date of instruction for the term when they first enroll.


Basic qualifications

*Must be a registered UC Merced graduate student in full-time residence (for summer appointment, registered in 12 units in the previous term)
*In good academic standing and making satisfactory progress towards a degree as outlined in the Graduate Policies and Procedures Handbook.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Sincere interest in working with a diverse group of incoming doctoral students from various academic disciplines.
  • Able to work 20 hours per week for the duration of the summer appointment.
Preferred qualifications

Ph.D. student who has completed a minimum of one year of graduate school at UC Merced.

Experience teaching and mentoring students from first generation and underrepresented communities.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Please address the following questions and include your responses in your cover letter:

    1) Why are you interested in serving as a Graduate Mentor for the UC Merced Competitive Edge Summer Bridge Program?

    2) What can you contribute towards helping incoming doctoral students transition to graduate studies and academic culture at UC Merced?

    3) Are you available during the entire duration of the summer bridge program (June 10 to August 11)?

    4) Recognizing that you need to have sufficient time to further your own research as well as any GSR work, please identify any other commitments/funding for Summer 2023.

Reference requirements
  • 0-2 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Job location

Merced, CA (On Campus - Student Services Building)