MECHE Graduate student group coaching program
Collaborative Professional & Personal Development
Join a Community to Build Your Path to Success
Spring 2023 Registration Deadline
Small coaching cohorts of supportive peers to aid in your personal and professional development.
Small cohorts of supportive peers to provide accountability for your personal and professional goals.
Develop strategies for completing coursework and research demands; Overcome the “no deadline” paradox.
Develop skills for defining SMART goals and the capability to articulate your desired overall academic journey.
Time & Stress Management
Develop structures and systems that enable you to manage your time and stress to enjoy your academic journey.
Capture the confidence and motivation to thrive during your academic experience.
What Is Coaching?
Coaching (as opposed to mentoring and advising) co-creates a unique partnership between coach and coachee to find creative solutions that foster continuous growth and development. As Mechanical Engineers, one way to think about coaching is collaborative product development, with you as the product and you and your coach as the development team.
Who Is Coaching For?
Anyone looking to develop and engage a growth mindset for their personal and professional success.
Our Coaching Programs
Join a small cohort (up to 6 graduate students) that meets weekly for group coaching. Coaching topics are specific to your stated professional or personal goals.
- Onboarding cohorts (first time participants): you will be coached by the facilitator and learn necessary coaching skills to enable you to coach and support your peers.
- Experienced cohorts (at least one semester participation): you will be coached by cohort members with support by the facilitator and continue to develop and refine your coaching skills.
- Sessions run on a semester-by-semester basis.
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Join a small cohort (up to 4 graduate students) that meets weekly for spotlight sessions. Accountability goals are specific to your stated goals for the duration of the enrollment.
- Each spotlight session, every cohort member has a fixed time to discuss their work towards their goals, reflect on their process, and set new goals for the coming week to a non-judgmental and supportive audience.
- Sessions run on a semester-by-semester basis, as well as IAP.
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About the Facilitator
Dr. Kelli Hendrickson (Sc.D. ’05) is an experienced fluid dynamics researcher with over 25 years of experience working in academia as a researcher, mentor, and advisor. In addition to facilitating this program, Dr. Hendrickson is a Research Scientist in the Mechanical Engineering Department specializing in computational studies of air-water interface flows.
Dr. Hendrickson is an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation with an intense desire to bring the practice of coaching, widely acknowledged for its effectiveness in the professional business sector, into academia. Her core belief in the power of reflection to generate intentional change is at the heart of the Graduate Student Group Coaching program that she founded in 2020 with support from the Mechanical Engineering Department Leadership.
“I felt respected, valued and positively challenged to grow where I wanted to improve”
“Accountability groups are excellent for building personalized and sustainable goal setting habits.”
“This coaching program is an incredible resource to help address common struggles such as imposter syndrome, difficulties finding research direction, and problems with advisor communication.”
“I’m developing a habit of reflection on my patterns, and a sense of connection with the MechE graduate student community.”