Graduate Division

Mentoring Excellence

Section 1

Certificate Overview

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 Edge, Graduate InterConnect, DECADE 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 learn: 

  • Understand strategies and techniques for effective mentoring
  • Gain familiarity with relevant campus resources
  • Develop a personalized mentoring philosophy and mentoring plan
  • Mentoring students from diverse backgrounds 
  • 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 Mentoring Guide to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Course Schedule

Fall 2020: Meets every Thursday, from 1 pm - 2 pm via Zoom. 

Date Session Description Facilitator(s)
October 15 Building a Mentoring Relationship

Kayleigh Anderson-Natale, Ph, Director of Professional Development

October 22 Communication & Interpersonal Relationships

Bri McWhorter, Activate to Captivate Founder

October 29 Mentoring Across Differences

Jade Turner, DECADE PLUS Coordinator

November 5 Conflict Resolution

Shawn Hutchens, Associate Ombudsman & Director of the UCI Mediation Training Program

November 12 Resilience and Balancing Academic Wellness

Phong Luong, Psy.D, Assistant Director of Academic Counseling

November 19  Graduate Peer Mentors Panel  Current Graduate Student Mentors

How to Apply

The MEP Interest Form is currently closed for Fall 2020. It will reopen in January, 2021 for the Winter series. 


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