Alumni Connect Mentorship Program

As a master’s student at the University of Chicago you will be assigned an advanced doctoral preceptor who will serve as your primary academic advisor. In addition, all students have the opportunity to work with our Career Services professionals, who advise students on all issues related to careers, including resume building, networking, job searching and interviewing.


If you are a MAPSS student, you may also find it helpful to have the mentorship of a recent graduate of your program who can share their experiences at UChicago and serve as a resource. The mentorship initiative, Alumni Connect seeks to facilitate partnerships between current students and recent graduates of the MAPSS program.**

If you choose to participate we will provide you with an Alumni Mentor who can help you navigate challenges that arise during your time at UChicago. Unlike preceptors and other program staff, Alumni Mentors are able to draw upon their own recent experiences as students to address challenges such as how to:

  • thrive as a first-year graduate student
  • develop social networks at UChicago
  • establish successful study habits
  • navigate the campus and take advantage of its numerous resources
  • participate in and foster an inclusive campus environment

As part of the Alumni Connect program, you can expect to meet and/or correspond with your mentors on a regular basis and to join your mentors and other Alumni Connect mentees for a variety of remote social events.


Due to high demand, registration is now closed. However, if you did not submit your initial registration survey and would still like to take part in the Alumni Connect program, please register through this alternative link: a waitlist has been created and we will be update you of any changes. If spots become available, we will assign them to students on the waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis. 

A mandatory Kickoff Event will be held remotely on September 26th, 2020, 8am-10am CDT. At this Kickoff, interested students can learn more about the program, register, and meet Alumni Mentors. Program Coordinators Samantha Fan and Cate Fugazzola will be available to answer your questions.


To learn more about this year’s mentors, please the MACSS Alumni Connect Mentor directory. For mentors in the MAPSS program, please visit the Alumni Connect Mentor directory.

For more information, please contact MAPSS Assistant Director, Samantha Fan at, or Johnson Instructor in Sociology, Cate Fugazzola at

**Currently, Alumni Connect is only open to MAPSS and MACSS students. CIR students should go here for more information about the CIR 2nd year specialization program. Please contact Michael Reese with any questions.


2019-2020 Mentors

Name (by last name)

Current Email 

Current Position/Career

Stanislaw Banach

History PhD Student, University of Cambridge

Sara Corley


Rosemary Cook

Program Coordinator and Analyst, UChicago Campus and Student Life

Jin Deng

Research Professional, UChicago Booth School of Business

Bhargav Desikan


Katie Furrow

Senior Research Analyst, Ipsos

Sarah Jensen

Lab Manager, Booth Center for Decision Research

Peitong Jing

Comparative Politics PhD Student, University of Notre Dame

Samhitha Krishnan


Project Manager SSA Beyond Schools Lab 

David Arbelaez

Research Analyst,  UChicago Urban Labs, Applying to PhDs in Sociology for Fall 2021

Hannah Madison


Ikiltezilani Mazehuani

Program Manager, UChicago Katz Center for Mexican Studies, Applying to PhDs in Sociology for fall 2021

Shehan McFadden

Research Associate, Clinical Outcomes Solutions

Kelsey Pagorek

UX Researcher, Bold Insight

Stewart Rivers


Ruben Rodriguez

Politicial Science PhD Student, UChicago

Helen Galvin Ross

Political Science (political theory) PhD Student, UChicago

Shan Shan

JD Student, Duke Law

Adam Shelton


Emily Simpson


Pantelis Solomides


Tiffany Wu

Research Analyst, LEAP Innovations

Feng Ye

Anthropology PhD,  UChicago

Pearl Ye

Psychology PhD Student, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Lienong (Lennon) Zhang

Audience Research Intern, Lincoln Park Zoo, Applying to PhDs in anthropology for Fall 2021