The MINT Program

The Womxn's Center's MINT Program (Matriculating, Influencing, Networking, and Triumphing) is a mentoring program that centers underrepresented (first-generation, low-income, and/or person of color) undergraduate womxn* in the pursuit of graduate degrees. The MINT Program pairs undergraduate mentees with a current UCSC graduate student who then explores the process of researching, deciding, and creating competitive applicants for graduate school through workshops, one-on-one mentoring, and community building.

Our ideal MINT Scholars are undergraduate womxn* interested in or planning to start the graduate school application process in Fall 2021. Students interested who are beginning the application process this quarter (Fall 2022) will still be considered, but priority will be given to those planning to begin the application process the following Fall.

Each undergraduate student is paired with a womxn- or femme-identified, or nonbinary graduate student mentor to help them succeed.  Pairings are based first on the academic field of study and interest and expand to identity markers for students interested in a graduate program not offered at UC Santa Cruz, or at the undergraduate Scholar's request.

We welcome graduate students to volunteer to be a Mentor to gain professional experience mentoring, be a part of the feminist coalition and community building, and fight that graduate student isolation that can be all too real.

*The Womxn's Center celebrates, centers, and welcomes all womxn, whether cis or trans, as well as gender nonbinary, fluid, or queer folks who feel connected to some aspect of womxnhood.


2021-2022 Undergraduate MINT Scholar Application:
APPLICATIONS ARE STILL OPEN. Notifications will go out within a week of applying. Please contact Amanda Carbajal at for more information.

2021-2022 Graduate Student Mentor Application:
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Notifications will go out within a week of applying. Please contact Amanda Carbajal at for more information.

Mentoring for the MINT Program

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  • Apply to become a MINT Scholar!
  • Apply to be a MINT Mentor!
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