Mentoring Excellence

Effective mentoring is a crucial part of the academic experience. Mentors provide support and connect students to academic and campus resources to aid in the students’ success. The Mentoring Excellence Program (MEP) is a 6-week certificate program intended for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in becoming a mentor or seek to enhance their mentoring skills.

The program cultivates a qualified pool of trained mentors to support students in campus-wide initiatives including Competitive EdgeGraduate InterConnectDECADE PLUS and the Summer Research Program. Trained mentors obtain a skill set sought after in the career marketplace both inside and outside of academia.

What You’ll Learn

In this series participants will: 

  • Understand strategies and techniques for effective mentoring
  • Gain familiarity with relevant campus resources
  • Develop a personalized mentoring philosophy and mentoring plan
  • Learn about mentoring students from diverse backgrounds 
  • Learn conflict resolution in mentoring 


Who Should Apply

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars form all disciplines and levels. *Due to the high volume of applicants, priority is given to students who are on the waitlist and students training to be peer mentors for Graduate Division’s mentoring programs. 


Certificate Requirements

The Mentoring Excellence Program is offered quarterly to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Participants must attend all sessions in their entirety and submit a complete Mentoring Guide to receive a Certificate of Completion.

ATTENDANCE: Participants are allowed to miss no more than 2 sessions. Missing more than 2 sessions will result in having to re-enroll in the series. Participants will be asked to attend and “make-up” missed sessions in the subsequent quarter. We use Zoom reports to track attendance (please note, Zoom records participant log-in and log-out time)


Course Schedule

FALL 2021

  • Every Wednesday from 10 am – 11:30 am Pacific Time (1.5 hours). 
  • Dates: October 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 10
  • All sessions will be hosted on Zoom. 

Schedule updated on 9/23/21*



How to Apply

We have reached capacity for Fall Quarter, 2021. The MEP Interest Form is currently closed. 

Graduate Division will send an email announcement when the Winter Quarter MEP schedule is confirmed. Thank you for your interest in the Mentoring Excellence Certificate Program. 



For more information, contact Annabel Ortiz, Professional Development Programs Coordinator, at