How can you build a warm relationship with your mentor, professor, or dean? One great way is to share a meal or sit down over a cup of coffee. To encourage informal communication between students and faculty, the Graduate School has set up several programs that we hope you will use. Two programs support mentoring and teaching - Meals for Mentoring [M4M] for students and faculty mentors, and FEAST for Teaching Fellows/PTAIs and their faculty course supervisors.
In addition, GSA student government offers Common Grounds, a free-coffee coupon program that makes it easy for you to meet informally with faculty for mentoring.
And if you want to get to know GSAS Dean Cooley, join her for lunch and informal conversation. She schedules several group meals each term, Dine with the Dean, and all you have to do is sign up and show up.
Meals For Mentoring [M4M]
When you take advantage of the Graduate School’s Meals for Mentoring program, you can talk about your research, coursework, career goals, and personal and professional development while you have lunch.
Both students and faculty members can request two Meals for Mentoring dining cards per term. Each card provides a free lunch for one faculty member and one Graduate School student at Durfee’s, Divinity Refectory (Divinity School), Café Med (Medical area), Thain Family Cafe (Bass Library Cafe), Evans Hall Café (SOM) and Charley’s Place (SOM) & Kosher Kitchen at the Slifka Center, or any campus dining hall where the faculty member has ID access.
Students and faculty can get M4M dining cards at the Graduate School Information Desk, 1st floor, Warner House (1 Hillhouse avenue), from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays with Yale ID. Please call 203.432.2770 for more information.
FEAST for Teaching
The Graduate School’s FEAST (Free Eating Attracts Students & Teachers) program allows faculty course supervisors and their teaching fellows or part time acting instructors (PTAIs) to discuss teaching issues over lunch at Durfee’s, Divinity Refectory (Divinity School), Café Med (Medical area), Thain Family Cafe (Bass Library Cafe), Evans Hall Café (SOM) and Charley’s Place (SOM) & Kosher Kitchen at the Slifka Center, or any campus dining hall where the faculty member has ID access. Faculty can use FEAST up to four times each term.
Please complete the Feast Webform to request meals or call 203.432.2770 for additional information.