Mentoring and Career Support

The Sociology Department supports several workshops and programs to help students transition from university to careers and graduate programs.


Mentorship Program

With support from the Graduate Student Association, graduate students partner with upper division undergraduate students for a year-long mentoring experience.

Designed to target students who are considering applying to academic graduate programs, this program helps guide and support students in cultivating in- and across-department relationships, conference presentation preparation, undergraduate publication submissions, grant application assistance, first time TA help, course selection, school-life balance, and applying to graduate programs.

The Sociology Mentorship Program was created in 2010/2011 by then grad student, Kerry Watts. It was designed to create opportunities for students to share academic and professional knowledge and develop new social connections.

Application Process

All third and fourth year sociology undergraduate students and sociology graduate students are welcome to apply. Applications are due September 30 to soci.mentorship@gmail.com.

Your application should include:

  • Your year of study
  • An overview of your coursework and GPA
  • Research Interests
  • A brief description of how this program will help you

Peer Advising

Peer Advisors offer useful and valuable information about the Sociology major, suggestions for becoming involved, and help with core skills.


Applying to Graduate and Professional Programs

This monthly workshop provides support, information, and resources to students who are considering applying to graduate programs—both academic and professional schools.

Starting in January and ending in December (with a summer break), we discuss the process of applying to graduate programs, how funding for graduate school works, strategies for improving application material, and how to communicate with faculty.

Workshops are scheduled the last Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. (ANSO 119). Dr. Kerry Greer coordinates and supports the program, and other faculty, graduate students, and alumni share their knowledge and experience with the attendees.

If you would like to participate in the workshops and are joining mid-way through, please get in contact with Dr. Kerry Greer at kerry.greer@ubc.ca.


Career Guidance

The Centre for Student Involvement & Careers provides all UBC students with access and connection to workplace learning, mentoring, volunteer and leadership opportunities; and offers career and employment-related services.