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: 

  • 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 3 sessions. Missing more than 3 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, 17
  • All sessions will be hosted on Zoom. 



Session Topic & Objectives  Facilitators

October 13

Session 1: Communication & Interpersonal Relationships

Learn effective communication strategies and increase confidence when fostering connections with individuals

Bri McWhorter, MFA
CEO & Founder of Activate to Captivate

October 20

Session 2: Building a Mentoring Relationship

Learn about mentoring best practices and strategies for building trust.

Kayleigh Anderson-Natale, PhD
Professional Development Director, Graduate Division

October 27 

Session 3: Mentoring Across Difference

Learn about diverse student populations at UCI, increase awareness of cultural competency and reflect on the salience of one's intersecting identities.

Jade Turner, MS
DECADE Plus Coordinator, Graduate Division

November 3

Session 4: Resilience and Balancing Academic Wellness 

Increase ability to motivate mentees resilience and increase confidence when coaching mentee(s) to balance academics and wellness demands. 


Phong Luong, PsyD
Assistant Director of Academic Counseling, Graduate Division

November 10

Session 5: Conflict Resolution 

Identify techniques to address and resolve conflict, assess your conflict style and learn strategies to avoid assumptions about others' interests and motivations. 


November 17 

Session 6: Graduate Student Peer Mentor Panel 

Q&A with current and former peer mentors. Mentors will share their experience, challenges and advice on how to be an effective mentor. 


How to Apply

Please complete the MEP Interest Form


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