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Military and Veterans
This qualitative study explored graduate student veterans’ experience in an engineering master’s program that has implemented a double-layered mentoring structure for the students. By examining the synergistic confluence between mentoring relationships and student veterans’ cultural identities in the graduate program environment, five major themes emerged from the thematic analysis. These themes include (1) understanding veterans’ struggles and advocating for the students’ academic pursuit, (2) establishing a military-safe environment, (3) authentic mentoring experiences, (4) appreciation and utilization of military assets for academic success, and (5) spearheading research endeavors while being in good hands. The results from this study provide important insight into the experiences of graduate engineering student veterans and how various units of higher education (e.g., institutions, programs) can develop an effective and culturally-relevant support system for student veterans in graduate programs.
Lim, J. H., & Saunders, R., & Tkacik, P. T., & Dahlberg, J. L., & Levan, M. E. (2020, June), Affirming Identity Through Authentic Mentoring in a Safe Space: Supporting Military Veterans in an Engineering Graduate Program Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34098
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