Grad School Femtoring is a project aimed to provide low-income, first-generation, and students of color with knowledge about academia to help them prepare for and thrive in graduate school.


The podcast offers weekly or biweekly episodes with tips, tricks, and advice to prepare for and successfully navigate grad school. The podcast also has special guests, answers listener questions, provides prizes to reviewers, and gives shoutouts about similar resources.


The coaching and consulting sessions provide you with a one-on-one session with Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu where she addresses any of your grad school needs and concerns. Learn about my rates and sign up for a session by emailing me at gradschoolfemtoring@gmail.com.


The Grad School Femtoring Guide is a work-in-progress that will provide low-income, first-gen, and students of color with a step-by-step guide on everything they need to know and take action on before, during, and after applying to graduate school.


“I applied to PhD programs in [a social science field] this cycle and it has been, by far, one of the most challenging and taxing experiences I’ve had…. However, listening to your podcasts has been comforting and helpful…. I’m happy to let you know that, so far, I have received one acceptance and one placement on a waitlist (I applied to 4 schools total) – something I was NOT expecting considering that I applied to competitive schools. Therefore, thank you once again for this wonderful read piece you have created for us low-income, first-gen students of color, your work is much appreciated.”

Undergraduate senior at a university in Southern California

“I recently came across this podcast as I am finishing my Master of Library Science (MLS) degree and placing serious thought to continue on with a PhD in the future. Dra. Martinez-Vu provides such insightful advice on beginning your search for graduate programs and then navigating the application process!

After each episode I feel like I received such an encouraging pep talk from Dra. Yvette. I look forward to continue listening to her great advice and I have shared her podcast with many other friends interested in considering grad school or who work with undergrad students and want to provide an awesome resource!”

Review by Jeffrey Merino on Apple Podcasts

“The academic coaching services of Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu have been instrumental to creating structure so that I am making good progress on my dissertation.  Her support is tailored to where I am in the writing process and specifically addresses challenges I struggle with including planning and revisions. With her support I am able to face writing with more confidence and have a plan that keeps the end goal of completing and defending the dissertation in sight. I have also come to value her non-judgmental understanding and flexibility when my timelines shift due to teaching, parenting, or life in general.”

Assistant Professor and Former PhD Candidate at a university in Southern California

“Each episode of this podcast provides insightful advice and commentary on prepping for graduate school and applications, in particular.

This podcast has dramatically changed my entire outlook on the process of applying and I’ve found it extremely useful.

I cannot express how great it is, you’ll have to listen for yourself and be the judge!

Thank you so much, Dra. Martínez-Vu!”

Review by MightyLeviathan on Apple Podcasts


Dra. Yvette Martínez-Vu is a Xicana Mother-Scholar who works as an academic coordinator, coach, consultant, and editor.  She is the Associate Director of the UCSB McNair Scholars Program and co-founder of the Chicana M(other)work collective. To learn more about her, check out her personal website at yvettemartinezvu.com.

Get in Touch

Reach out so we can work together.

You can contact me if:

-You’d like to be a guest on my podcast

-You have questions for me to answer on the show

-You’re interested in my coaching or consulting sessions

-You have suggestions for what you’d like to see in my Grad School Femtoring Guide.